Hazardous drugs are handled throughout a healthcare organization every day which poses risks to employees, patients and the environment. USP <800> outlines the practice and quality standards for the safe handling of these drugs through nearly every aspect of the medication process. This affects not only the pharmacy, but a variety of personnel, such as the nursing unit staff, environmental services, operating room staff and much more. Regulatory personnel are expecting to enforce the standards and hand out citations for non-compliance. Do you have your bases covered?
As the December 1, 2019 deadline draws closer, here are proactive steps that organizations can take to prepare and navigate the complexities of USP <800> compliance.