To the Point with USP <800>

July 2017 - Vol. 14 No. 7

Adopting the standards and recommendations from organizations such as USP and regulatory bodies such as the FDA and CMS can certainly be a complex endeavor. Although the effort required to attain fully compliant facilities and procedures may seem overwhelming, it is well acknowledged that these things take time. Gaining an understanding of the motivations behind these regulations and learning how to go about implementing positive process change are vital to ongoing success.

With this idea in mind, Pharmacy Purchasing & Products is proud to announce a new series of free, 20-minute webinars covering strategies for success in implementing the standards found in USP General Chapter <800> Hazardous Drugs—Handling in Healthcare Settings. Supported by NuAire, manufacturers of compounding pharmacy airflow and environmental protection products, and CriticalPoint, providers of expert pharmacy operations education and sterile compounding training, this series will be presented by Jim Wagner, pharmacy practice expert and President of Controlled Environment Consulting. Many of you know Jim, and we are proud to have him as a longtime member of our editorial advisory board. Beginning Friday, September 22, Jim will present four webinars on the following topics:

  • Meet USP <800> CPEC Requirements (Friday, September 22)
  • HVAC Essentials Under USP <800> (Friday, October 13)
  • Cleanroom Certification for USP <800> (Friday, November 17)
  • Become USP <800> Inspection-Ready (Friday, December 15)

Each webinar will be presented at 1pm Eastern time. Please see page 31 of this issue for more information on this free resource and visit to register.

At PP&P, we are well aware of the pressure placed on hospital pharmacy to produce complex, accurate, and precise medications, safely, 100% of the time. We also know that mismanagement of hazardous medications poses a threat to both patient and practitioner alike. We encourage you to grab your lunch and join us for these brief, Friday afternoon information sessions. The path to compliance may be long and winding, but we hope these webinars will serve as guideposts along the way.

All the best,

R. Mitchell Halvorsen


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