USP <800> Requirements for Engineering Controls
December 2016 - Vol. 13 No. 12 - Page #16

The risks to health care workers handling hazardous drugs (HDs) under non-USP compliant conditions are often underappreciated. NIOSH’s landmark 2004 alert underscored the importance of preventing occupational exposure to HDs and played a key role in the development of USP Chapter <800> Hazardous Drugs—Handling in Healthcare Settings.2,3 This new chapter provides a framework of 18 sections that guide HD compounding practices to ensure the safety not only of patients, but also of the health care workers who prepare and administer these products.

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