By Fred Massoomi, PharmD, FASHP and David Kvancz, MS, RPh, FASHP

The risks to health care workers handling hazardous drugs (HDs) under non-USP compliant conditions are often underappreciated.  NIOSH’s landmark 2004 alert underscored the importance of preventing occupations exposure to HDs and played a key role in the development of USP Chapter <800> Hazardous Drugs — Handling in Healthcare Settings.  This new chapter provides a framework of 18 sections that guide HD compounding practices to ensure the safety not only of patients, but also of the health care workers who prepare and administer these products.

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