Report Card on the Handling of Hazardous Drugs: Is Your Facility Ready for USP Chapter <800>?
Is your facility ready for the new chemotherapy handling requirements? A survey sponsored by BD shows that pharmacists and nurses may not be as ready as we think…
The recently published United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Chapter <800> establishes requirements for the safe handling of chemotherapy and other hazardous drugs (HDs) in healthcare settings. However, research indicates a lack of awareness among many healthcare professionals about the dangers of HD exposure, attitudinal and behavioral differences among pharmacists and nurses who compound or administer HDs and gaps between USP <800> requirements and current practices.