Thanks for a great show at ASHP's Midyear Clinical Meeting!
We at Iso-Tech Design would like to thank everyone who came out to make ASHP's Midyear Clinical Meeting such a wonderful time. We had such great fun showing off our Clean Air Essentials 797 and talking with the attendees. It was so successful that ASHP even listed us as one of their "must-see" booths of the show this year. Thanks again for such a great experience!
Preparing for a state board of pharmacy inspection
Pharmacy Purchasing & Products
It has been over a year since the terrible tragedy created by the New England Compounding Center came to light. All the details have yet to be made public, however, what is known is that the landscape of compounding and pharmacy practice as a whole has been changed forever. In much the same way that the Thalidomide poisonings of the 1960s and the Tylenol contamination of the 1980s shaped the practice of the medical profession, this single event will undoubtedly be considered a watershed event.
Safe handling of hazardous drugs
Pharmacy Practice News
In 2011, senior officials of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Joint Commission collaborated on a letter sent to all hospital employers in the United States stating that hazardous drugs, such as antineoplastic drugs, can pose serious job-related health risks to workers if proper precautions are not used in handling the drugs.
As compounding law passes, split views persist
Pain Medicine News
The Drug Quality and Security Act, which aims to close holes in the regulation of compounding pharmacies, was recently voted into law. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate passed the bill by a voice vote. Speaking from the Senate floor on Nov. 12, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., called the bill "a matter of life and death," referring to 2012's deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis traced back to the New England Compounding Center.
Congress passes bill that could help with drug shortages
Last spring WFAE reported on a serious problem in hospitals — shortages of critical drugs, including chemotherapy treatments, anesthetics and even basic vitamins. Recently, Congress passed a bill that could make it easier for hospitals to get drugs they can't find anywhere else. But there are also risks that come with this particular solution.
Hospitals address compounding concerns
In the wake of incidents in which compounding pharmacies have released contaminated products, hospital leaders are developing strategies and protocols to ensure patient safety.
FDA hopes hospitals will switch to newly regulated pharmacies
The Food and Drug Administration hopes hospitals and clinics will vote with their pocketbooks, buying supplies from pharmacies regulated under new powers just given to the agency. Congress passed a law last month giving the FDA authority to regulate some so-called compounding pharmacies.
ChemoSphere C4 CACI
ChemoSphere 4 feet complies with USP 797, OSHA, NIOSH, all State Board of Pharmacies, JCHO and ASHP regulation requirements. The ChemoSphere is made for chemotherapy compounding and has two, three or four gloves. The apparatus also features negative pressues and ISO Class 4 unidirectional airflow. The ChemoSphere has the added benefit of not requiring a negative pressure cleanroom.