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Waterless Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers for the Compounding Pharmacy

Author(s):  Mixon William, Wood Adam P, Low Jennifer, Homan Linda

Issue:  Jul/Aug 2011 - Volume 15, Number 4
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Abstract:  Waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizers with persistent activity are among the most effective products that prevent the pathogenic contamination of pharmaceutical compounds. Selecting the best antiseptic hand scrub can be challenging, but that choice is critical. In this article, we review the important elements of hand hygiene and contamination control in the compounding pharmacy and compare several alcohol-based hand sanitizers that comply with established standards for pharmacy use. A table of those products is provided for easy reference.

Related Keywords: William Mixon, RPh, MS, FIACP, Adam P. Wood, PharmD, Jennifer Low, PharmD, Linda Homan, RN, BSN, CIC, hand hygiene, microbial contamination, United States Pharmacopeia Chapter <797>, USP, compounded sterile preparations, aseptic technique, handwashing, antimicrobial soap, antiseptic agents, alcohols, contamination control, environmental control, adverse effects, hand sanitizers

Related Categories: ENVIRONMENTAL , HISTORY, LEGAL, QUALITY CONTROL, UNITED STATES PHARMACOPEIA CONVENTIONS, INFECTIOUS DISEASE

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