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Establishing a Structured Pharmacy Training Program in Sterile Compounding

Author(s):  Dirbas Muhannad, AbuSara Aseel K, Whiyabi Shatha, Harb Rema, Telfah Shorouq

Issue:  Nov/Dec 2020 - Volume 24, Number 6
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Abstract:  The objective of this study was to describe a structured pharmacy training program in sterile compounding in a comprehensive cancer center in Jordan. A previously performed gap analysis showed a degree of non-compliance with the international standards in certain elements of sterile compounding. A structured training program with theoretical and practical domains was developed and implemented. The trainees were required to complete a compounding competency assessment at the end of the training. A questionnaire was distributed to evaluate the trainees’ satisfaction. At one year of implementation, 25 pharmacists and 7 pharmacy technicians were enrolled into the training program. A questionnaire was conducted on 26 trainees. Based on the questionnaire results, 100% of the trainees were satisfied regarding the training objectives and the instructors' performance; 11.5% of the trainees stated that more time is needed for each trainee; and 3.8% said that more time is needed for the discussion. The development and implementation of a pharmaceutical sterile compounding training program in a comprehensive cancer care center was achieved by incorporating theoretical and practical techniques, with documented competency of trainees who reported satisfaction with the program. The optimal time dedicated for this program should be evaluated in future studies.

Related Keywords: Muhannad Dirbas, BPharm, Aseel K. AbuSara, PharmD, Shatha Whiyabi, PharmD, Rema Harb, CPhT, Shorouq Telfah, PharmD, BCPS, sterile compounding, United States Pharmacopeia Chapter <797>, United States Pharmacopeia Chapter <800>, USP, compounded sterile preparations, contamination, Jordan, aseptic compounding, pharmacist, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy education, gap analysis, structured training program, chemotherapy, hazardous materials, cancer center, learning objectives, training checklist


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