About USP <800>
USP <800> Hazardous Drugs —Handling in Healthcare Settings specifically addresses the handling of compounded Hazardous Drugs (HDs*) in healthcare settings. USP <800> is intended “to protect personnel and the environment when handling HDs. This includes but is not limited to receipt, storage, mixing, preparing, compounding, dispensing, administering, disposing, and otherwise altering, counting, crushing, or pouring HDs, and includes both sterile and nonsterile products and preparations.”
*See current NIOSH List of Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs in Healthcare Settings
Understanding the definitions, best practices, and recommended solutions are key to meeting the USP <800> standards. Contec is committed to providing quality, research and experience-driven consumables for critical compounding areas, but also to protect employees, patients, and the compounding environment from exposure to hazardous drugs.
USP <800> describes many aspects of decontamination during compounding of hazardous drugs. Several issues are highlighted below that impact the selection of appropriate chemistries, applicators and processes.