More than 8 million U.S. health care personnel are potentially exposed to hazardous drugs (HDs) every year. Both acute and chronic health issues could impact you, your staff, your patients, and your pharmacy as a whole. Considering the potential risks, USP created General Chapter <800> to define new standards for handling HDs and help promote patient, worker and environmental protection.
The compliance deadline for USP <800> is December 1, 2019. This aligns with the revision of USP <797>. Initially, USP <797> offered the main guidance related to HDs. But the chapter was primarily focused on providing proper guidelines for sterile compounding of both hazardous and nonhazardous drugs and preventing contamination. It did not include standards for the handling of HDs. USP <800>, on the other hand, details the entire handling process from receipt to disposal.
This article will give you a glimpse into some of these new standards to help you get an understanding of what is involved to keep your pharmacy compliant.