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Quality Control Analytical Methods: Establishing Powder-handling Workflow Practices and Standard Operating Procedures: Compounding Pharmacy and Safety

Author(s):  Prince Bryan, Lundevall Jeremy

Issue:  May/Jun 2014 - Volume 18, Number 3
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Abstract:  This is an ongoing discussion and analysis of powderhandling safety in the compounding pharmacy laboratory that started in the November/December 2013 issue of the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding. In the previous technical article, we established that most chemical powders handled during compounding procedures have an established occupational exposure limits and that powders are micronized during manipulation. All micronized powders handled on an open bench create health hazards to the technicians and create a potential for cross-contamination to the lab environment. Proper identification of the chemical hazard and established standard operating procedures in direct correlation to Good Lab Practices when working inside a powder hood will positively improve the compounding pharmacy’s work environment.

Related Keywords: Bryan Prince, Jeremy Lundevall, CPhT, powder handling work flow, powder hood, occupational exposures, micronized powders, standard operating procedures, SOPs, good lab practices, personal protective equipment, PPE, shoes, laboratory safety


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