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2019 Sterile Compounding Education Summit

Wednesday, May 15, 2019  
Posted by: Avani Yenamandra, PharmD
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Written by: Avani Yenamandra, PharmD, Clinical Oncology Specialist, Hahnemann University Hospital

On Friday, April 26, 2019, PSHP held the 2019 Sterile Compounding Education Summit in Hershey Country Club located in Hershey, PA. The purpose of the summit was to listen to various strategies surrounding USP 797 and 800, sterile compounding, designing an acceptable cleanroom, and updates with Pennsylvania compounding regulations.

Kalonji Johnson, Acting Commissioner from the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, opened the summit with a few words about the state of compounding in Pennsylvania. Many pharmacists had several questions about how Pennsylvania is handling updates from the federal government and Johnson expertly navigated how the draft of the PA Board of Pharmacy compounding regulations are addressing current practices among pharmacies. Other members of the Board of Pharmacy were present and able to comment on the new updates to the regulations along with Gayle Cotchen, leading pharmacist at UPMC Magee. The final form of the regulations has been received by the Independent Regulatory Review Committee and the next public meeting is scheduled for May 16, 2019.

Keynote speaker, Patricia Kienle, is a leading expert on medication safety and is currently the director of accreditation and medication safety at Cardinal Health. Her invaluable experience in assisting healthcare administrators in developing and executing medication management programs was shown as she talked about how to prepare pharmacies for updated compounding standards. As USP 795, USP 797, USP 825, and USP 800 are updated, Kienle touched upon the proposed changes in each of these documents and concluded that gap analyses should be performed to ensure that hospitals follow the federal regulations starting on December 1st. 

Pharmacists from around Pennsylvania hospitals, such as Penn Presbyterian, Allegheny General Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Geisinger Health System, presented different aspects of sterile compounding. Topics such as utilizing mobile IV rooms, considerations for building or updating a cleanroom, understanding a certification report, and developing a NIOSH toolkit to identify hazardous drugs were extensively discussed. Attendees walked away with a better understanding of the resources available to appropriately compound while keeping patient safety as the utmost priority.

Special thanks go to all the exhibitors that took time out of their schedule to showcase essential products utilized during the sterile compounds process. Additionally, thank you to the members of the PSHP board, including Christine Roussel, Director of Pharmacy at Doylestown Hospital for working on an excellent program to keep pharmacist abreast on pertinent issues related to sterile compounding. 

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