The number of cleanroom installations continues to expand. The activity in this market sector is driven both by those facilities with older infrastructure installing up-to-date, compliant cleanrooms as well as facilities installing cleanrooms for the first time. This area of focus is expected to remain active as a significant number of hospitals look to update their cleanrooms to comply with USP. It is notable that while most facilities are pressing ahead with their construction, few are waiting for the resolution of the appeals to USP <797> and <800> to undertake this project.
Cleanroom use continues to trend upward; just under 8 out of every 10 hospital pharmacies utilize cleanrooms for drug preparation.
While the majority of US hospitals have an HVAC system that is dedicated solely to the cleanroom suite, it is concerning that 35% of hospital pharmacy cleanrooms continue to share their HVAC system with other spaces.
The vast majority of health systems are compounding in cleanrooms. Those facilities operating without cleanrooms are typically low-volume compounders, producing fewer than 50 CSPs per day.