FDA tackles drug packaging and safety, with help from error reports

Improvement processes for safe packaging also involve proper labeling and naming These labels with the blue stripe. Those ampules with the black text. Sertraline, cetirizine. Celebrex, Cerebyx, Celexa. There’s nothing like look-alike, sound-alike (LASA) medications [...]

Prepare for Compliance: The Chapter <800> Answer Book

Q&A with Patricia C. Kienle, RPh, MPA, FASHP Director of Accreditation and Medication Safety Cardinal Health Pharmacy Purchasing & Products: What was the motivation behind creating The Chapter <800> Answer Book? Patricia C. Kienle, RPh, MPA, FASHP: USP sets the [...]

Compounding nonsterile preparations: USP <795> and <800>

USP General Chapters numbered under <1000> are enforceable by regulators and accreditation organizations. These include USP <795> Pharmaceutical Compounding—Nonsterile Preparations and USP <800> Hazardous Drugs—Handling in Healthcare Settings. Many state boards of pharmacy include them in regulations. Pharmacists and [...]

Blockchain Meets the Manufacturing Supply Chain

Despite early confusion about the technology, suppliers are developing network frameworks and apps that will make blockchain an essential part of food and pharma industries. At the beginning of this year, I asked the question: “Could [...]