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Since USP Chapter <797> was published two years ago, pharmacists and technicians have been working hard to meet the challenges of the USP chapter and to improve their sterile compounding operations.  For example, current USP 797 requires only air sampling as part of an environmental monitoring program.

To help you get up to speed on this important topic, Clinical IQ is making available two presentations from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting in Anaheim, CA, in December of 2006:

Setting up a Program for Microbial Monitoring in the Pharmacy , and

Using Air, Surface, and Personnel Sampling Data as a Cost-Effective Quality Metric

These Midyear presentations were authored by Eric S. Kastango, MBA, RPh, FASHP, and Alice S. Weissfeld, PhD, D(ABMM), F(AAM), and provide readers a better understanding of the critical elements related to air, surface and personnel glove fingertip sampling.

They cover the science and methods of conducting environmental monitoring properly are discussed so that the data generated from these critical quality assurance metrics can be used in managing a controlled robust pharmacy compounding operation.  Another topic covered is why the use of settling plates is no longer an acceptable method of performing viable environmental monitoring. 

The key to properly handling known and potentially hazardous drugs is through education.  ClinicalIQ recommends CriticalPoint's new e-learning modules , a series of lesson that provide the user with important information on how to handle these drugs in a safe and effective manner.  Additional information on environmental monitoring can also be found at the Pharmacy Purchasing and Products Magazine website (www.pppmag.com).

 

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