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What is Hazardous Compounding?

Hazardous Compounding is the way you handle and prepare hazardous drugs. 

Each pharmacy that handles hazardous drugs have to follow <USP> 800 standards as set forth by US Food and Drug Administration.

When compounding with hazardous drugs/materials, we have to ensure not only patient safety but also oneself safety against the effects of hazardous drugs.

Some of these include:

  • Hazardous Hood - A hazardous hood takes the floating particles from the hazardous drug/materials and safely disperses them through the hood and into a ventilation device. 

  • Proper PPE - When compounding hazardous drugs, the person making the medication(s) must wear the proper attire for hazardous compounding:

    • HD Gloves​

    • Hairnet or Scrub Cap

    • Shoe Covers

    • HD Suit or Clothing

    • Eye Wear

    • HD Ventilated Mask

  • Hazardous Room - Compounding hazardous materials must be compounded in a proper vented room that protects those around the pharmacy from the hazardous contaminants.

Hazardous Drugs

  • Clonazepam

  • DHEA​

  • Estradiol

  • Estriol

  • Finasteride

  • Methimazole

  • Progesterone

  • Spironolactone

  • Testosterone

  • Topiramate

  • Zonisamide

To learn more about Hazardous Compounding and what it entails for both pharmacy and patient, click the link to read up on <USP> 800 website!

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