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Compounding Enclosures: Ensuring Safety During the Preparation of Sterile and Nonsterile Formulations

Author(s):  Ashe Krystina, Baskett Dustin

Issue:  Sep/Oct 2018 - Volume 22, Number 5
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Abstract:  The individual attention devoted to preparing customized medications is the cornerstone of pharmaceutical compounding. Providing that level of care, however, entails exposure to drugs, airborne particulates, and fumes or vapors that can jeopardize the health of pharmacy staff and customers in the store. The responsibility of supplying protection against compounding-related contamination falls to the pharmacy owner, and the selection, use, and maintenance of compounding enclosures are essential to ensuring that safety. In this article, we discuss various types of those enclosures and their proper use in a variety of compounding settings. Figures and a Table describing models of interest to compounders are also presented. It is our hope that this information will provide a better understanding of the role of this essential equipment as a safeguard against exposure to airborne contaminants.

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