R.J. Hedges Presents: The Implications of USP 800 for Retail Pharmacies
The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) has updated guidelines on unsafe practices for handling hazardous drugs called USP 800; the guidelines promote patient and worker safety as well as environmental protection. USP 800 is often incorrectly assumed to only apply to compounding pharmacies; however, when it takes effect on December 1, all retail pharmacies that have Hazardous Drugs on their shelves will be required to comply with the standards. Pharmacies will need to complete a number of items, including a Hazardous Drugs Inventory, collecting Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for Hazardous Drugs, and conducting annual Assessment of Risk. While the state board of pharmacy inspectors will be enforcing these guidelines, pharmacies should prepare for EPA and state DEP officials to inspect their facilities as well.
In this webinar, Jeff Hedges, President and CEO of R.J. Hedges & Associates, will explore USP 800, highlighting its implications for retail pharmacies and what steps must be taken to ensure compliance by December 1.