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In January of 2007, Eric Kastango and Baxter Healthcare paid a visit to the Hospital Pharmacists' Association in Ireland.  The event, titled "Advances in Targeted Therapies: Where Next & How," was held at The Conrad Hotel in Dublin on January 18.   Eric Kastango and Baxter Healthcare presented Applying Aseptic Compounding Standards to Protect Patients and Employees. The topic is targeted at pharmacists and technicians who are being asked to prepare newer therapeutic agents (vaccines, monoclonal antibodies, investigational gene therapy medications) and need to consider the controls and work practices that will both protect themselves and the environment from accidental exposure and maintaining sterility.

This presentation provides insights into the issues that require consideration. Education is the most important aspect of improving the handling known and potentially hazardous drugs.  There are now new e-learning modules being made available by CriticalPoint, LLC.  They have created a series of online modules 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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