June 20, 2018 –
As the healthcare industry continues to place a heavy emphasis on delivering quality care, many medical facilities are undergoing massive transformations to ensure next-level patient and provider experiences. In recent years, new regulations have been established to elevate industry standards and create safe, reliable environments. One of the most prominent: USP General Chapter <800>.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year, close to 8 million healthcare employees in the United States alone are potentially exposed to hazardous drugs (HDs). When improperly managed, drugs such as hormone agents, chemotherapy medications, and more can cause severe adverse health effects, including both acute and chronic conditions.
Designed to eliminate improper management, USP <800> provides standards for the safe handling of hazardous drugs to minimize the risk of exposure to healthcare personnel, patients, and the environment. Under the new regulations, pharmacies, hospitals, patient treatment centers, and physician practice facilities are required to meet new, more rigorous environmental and safety criteria to reduce potential risks to healthcare workers and their patients.