Rockville, MD (PRWEB) June 26, 2012
To help ensure the quality of compounded medicines, the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention(USP) has launched USP on Compounding: A Guide for the Compounding Practitioner, an electronic publication that includes all the compounding-related general chapters from the United States Pharmacopeia and the National Formulary (USP-NF). Compounding is the special preparation of a prescribed medicine. While compounding has been a traditional way of delivering medicines to patients for centuries, the practice has reemerged and grown steadily over the past two decades. This results from a variety of factors including special patient needs for customized therapies (e.g., allergen-free medications, nonstandard doses, and individualized parenteral nutrition), the need to access drugs or dosage forms withdrawn from the market for reasons other than safety or efficacy, and drug shortages.
USP on Compounding will be available for purchase through the USP store. Additionally, USP has partnered with the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) to sell copies directly to IACP members through the organization’s website (http://www.iacprx.org). USP on Compounding is offered as a 12-month electronic subscription in PDF format and will be updated with the release of each new USP-NF edition and supplement. Compounding practitioners in the US should be familiar with Federal and State requirements regarding standards in USP-NF and—by extension, USP on Compounding—to assure compliance with applicable requirements.
“As the need for good quality compounded medications grows, it’s important for compounding practitioners to have easy access to the standards that best support their practice,” said Roger L. Williams, M.D., USP’s chief executive officer. “This new publication will provide compounding pharmacists with the information they need in one location, enabling them to work more efficiently. Additionally, we are pleased to be offering this resource through IACP, which will allow direct access to the publication through the organization most compounding pharmacists look to for information.”
“As the healthcare system recognizes the value and importance of customized medication therapies to meet unique patient needs, the ancient art of compounding has transformed into a sophisticated, science based practice,” said David G. Miller, R.Ph., IACP’s executive vice president and chief executive officer. “IACP is proud to be a partner with USP in the launch of this new resource that gives pharmacists the standards, guidelines, and tools they need to advance their patient care services.”
USP on Compounding includes five compounding-related General Chapters:
•795 Pharmaceutical Compounding—Nonsterile Preparations: Provides guidance on applying good compounding practices in the preparation of nonsterile compounded formulations for dispensing and/or administration to humans or animals.
•797 Pharmaceutical Compounding—Sterile Preparations: Provides practice and quality standards for compounding sterile preparations.
•1160 Pharmaceutical Calculations in Prescription Compounding: Provides general guidance and assistance to pharmacists in performing the necessary calculations when preparing or compounding any pharmaceutical drug.
•1163 Quality Assurance in Pharmaceutical Compounding: Describes a quality assurance program as a system of steps and actions that must be taken to ensure the maintenance of proper standards in compounded preparations.
•1176 Prescription Balances & Volumetric Apparatus: Provides information about acceptable balances and volumetric apparatus (e.g., burets, pipets, cylinders, conical graduates, medicine droppers) used to weigh or measure medicinal and other substances required in prescriptions or in other pharmaceutical compounding.
In addition, USP on Compounding contains 46 supporting General Chapters referenced in the compounding-related chapters.
For more information, please visit http://www.usp.org or email mediarelations (at) usp (dot) org.
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