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What compounding pharmacies need to know about USP 795 guidelines on nonsterile drug preparations

Nonsterile drug compounding, which refers to formulating medications that patients drink, swallow or apply to the skin, is the most common kind of drug compounding done in community and hospital pharmacies. Despite the nonsterile designation, preventing contamination is still a key part of compliance with legal and professional standards, such as those described in the […]

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6 bulk drug substances listed for use by compounding pharmacies under FDA proposal

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed adding a list of bulk drug substances that can be used in compounding to Section 503A of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The rule proposed on Dec. 15, 2016, includes six bulk drug substances: Coomassie Brilliant Blue G-250, cantharidin, diphenylcyclopropenone, N-acetyl-D-glucosamine, squaric acid dibutyl ester and […]

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Compounded medicines at center of complex web of federal and state regulations

In Georgia, the compounding of medications is regulated by the eight-member Georgia Board of Pharmacy, and under its rules, pharmacists may prepare compound drugs only for a valid prescription order or as part of routine prescription filling. If they start to produce large amounts of drugs without prescriptions, they are considered manufacturers. In a law […]

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FDA pharmacy committee approves 2 substances for compounded medications, rejects 3 others

Two bulk substances that can treat warts and skin discoloration have been approved for use in compounded medications in a meeting of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Pharmacy Compounding Advisory Committee. Three other ingredients were kept off the list by the eight-member committee, following the FDA’s recommendation. It also unanimously voted to classify transdermal […]

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5 rules for a compounding pharmacy facing an FDA inspection

The FDA has put greater scrutiny on compounding pharmacies since August 2016, with inspectors making preliminary assessments on compliance for patient-specific prescriptions and other rules under Section 503A of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The change allows investigators to cite deviations from the current good manufacturing practices when it appears the pharmacy does […]

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