Use PP&P as Your Renovations Resource

December 2020 - Vol.17 No. 12 - Page #1

Over the years, Pharmacy Purchasing & Products has published numerous articles discussing the challenges and benefits of pharmacy renovations and new builds. While helping to design and build a new pharmacy is an exciting opportunity to enhance operational flexibility and efficiency, it can also be quite daunting. Given the rapid pace of change in the provision of health care and the ongoing consolidation of facilities, pharmacy directors are being tasked with maximizing their physical spaces, as well as taking full advantage of any new spaces. As with all changes in the pharmacy, making the best of a new workspace involves attention to detail.

With pharmacy and hospital administrations placing emphasis on USP <797> and <800> compliance, many facilities are upgrading and building new cleanrooms and adjacent workspaces. When researching and purchasing equipment for a new cleanroom, the following are a sampling of key questions that should be considered upfront:

  • Is the anteroom sink deep enough to avoid splashing water on the floor during vigorous hand washing?
  • Is there designated space to hang up garb for reuse in response to the pandemic?
  • Is the cleanroom refrigerator sufficiently quiet?
  • Should the pass-through window incorporate HEPA filtration?
  • Is the communication system hands free?

It is important to keep in mind that not only should the cleanroom design meet current regulatory standards, it should be a pleasant, efficient environment that staff enjoy working in for years to come.

Recent PP&P articles on the influence of regulatory compliance on cleanroom design, renovations affecting multiple sites in a health system, and avoiding pitfalls in opening an outpatient pharmacy all provide valuable information that will benefit your next project. Visit for more information on these articles and many others.

As always, we encourage you to share your stories of a successful pharmacy redesign or update. As the old idiom goes, there’s more than one way to crack an egg and we can always learn from the experiences of others.

All the best,

R. Mitchell Halvorsen


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