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Are your team members handling hazardous non-sterile preparations?

Are your team members handling hazardous non-sterile preparations?

What is considered a hazardous drug? 1. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Hazards The current NIOSH List of Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs in Healthcare Settings, 2016 can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2016-161/pdfs/2016-161.pdf Hazardous drugs are classified by NIOSH as Group 1, 2, and 3 Group 1 consists of antineoplastic drugs (or cytotoxic drugs). The majority of these…

Preparing for ACP Sterile Compounding Assessments

Preparing for ACP Sterile Compounding Assessments

All licensed Alberta pharmacies that compound sterile preparations will be assessed for Priority Two compliance with the NAPRA Model Standards starting March 1/2019. The ACP in- person assessment will be completed by two, possibly three assessors: an ACP Pharmacy Practice Consultant (PPC) and 1-2 Sterile Compounding Assessors (SCA). The goal of the assessment is primarily quality assurance, however the PPC…

WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF CONTAINMENT FOR DICLOFENAC GEL: A? B? C?

WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF CONTAINMENT FOR DICLOFENAC GEL: A? B? C?

I recently had a conversation with a colleague about diclofenac gel. We reminisced about where we were when we first compounded diclofenac gel and how innovative and “magical” this two-step process was. So nerdy…. Many, many, many (!) years later, we cannot imagine not compounding diclofenac gel in our pharmacies. In Alberta, there is a certain nostalgia surrounding diclofenac gel…

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! Happy New Year!  And you know what that means… In Alberta, as of January 1, 2020, all licensed pharmacies must be compliant with the first two priorities towards compliance with ACP’s Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Non-Sterile Preparations. What does this mean? Regardless of the risk level of your compounded non-sterile preparations, you must have: Assessed your…