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Facility and Engineering Controls Using USP 800 Guidelines

The implementation of United States Pharmacopeia (USP) General Chapter <800> “Hazardous Drugs—Handling in Healthcare Settings” is a major part of the evolution and “new normal” influencing the future of the independent compounding pharmacy and healthcare facilities that take effect on July 1st, 2018. Moving forward, the lab environments from which we will unpack, store, handle, compound, and dispose of hazardous drugs (HDs), will integrate design methods and engineering controls to minimize worker and environmental exposure to the HDs. The primary and secondary engineering control methods proposed and passed by the USP will be reliable process-safety controls if implemented, maintained and used properly.