As this decade draws to an end, we are proud of the pharmacy leaders who have shared their extensive knowledge over that time, perhaps no more so than in the past 12 months. 2019 was an exciting year for pharmacy practice, with the light of innovation and technology casting the handling of hazardous drugs in sharp relief.
We have known for some time of the need for codified rules and best practices when managing, handling, administering, and disposing hazardous drugs. As scientists at heart, pharmacists are keenly aware of the fascinatingly therapeutic, yet dangerous nature of many of today’s modern medicines. And as conscientious health care practitioners, pharmacists also are aware that the edict To Do No Harm extends to both patient and practitioner alike.
In reviewing this year’s most popular articles at pppmag.com, a telling trend emerges:
➊ Elements of a USP <800> Compliant Cleaning Program (Part 1)
➋ Tips for a Successful USP <800> Cleaning Program (Part 2)
➌ Job Description for a USP <800> Designated Person
➍ Lessons Learned in Complying with <797> and <800>
➎ Adopt a Robust Waste Billing Strategy for High-Cost Infusions
Unsurprisingly, this year’s most popular articles focused on preparation for USP <800> compliance (with a nod to the management of high-cost drugs). While articles a little further down the list cover important topics, including designing the cleanroom of the future and managing drug shortages, it is clear what is on the minds of many pharmacy directors today.
The time is upon us when a formal standard of care for handling hazardous drugs is established. It is our opinion at PP&P that much of the credit and appreciation for preparing hospital pharmacy for this day belongs to the authors and presenters of our articles and webinars on these subjects. We ask you to take a second look at our distinguished list of 2019 authors on page 30. Undoubtedly, you will know these leaders as friends and colleagues, and we hope you will congratulate them for their contributions.
Our archive of valuable USP <800> information, and our entire backlog of operational pharmacy insight, is available at pppmag.com/issues and pppmag.com/webinars. We encourage you to take a look back and make sure your practice is trending in the right direction.
All the best,
R. Mitchell Halvorsen