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David G. Miller, RPh SAFETY 3 6 O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | J U LY 2 0 1 4 Can You Trust Your Compounding Lab? How to evaluate the companies that compound sterile drugs. G iven the deadly meningitis outbreak of a couple years ago that was traced to a compounding pharmacy that was anything but sterile, it might sound funny to hear me say that custom com- pounding labs are critical to safe surgical care. But it's true. Compounders supply surgical facilities of all sizes with key medica- tions that are discontinued, back-ordered, recalled or not manufac- tured in the strength or form that you require. In the mix Take epinephrine 1:1000, for example, which is no longer manufac- tured as both a preservative-free and sulfite-free formulation. You can only get it as such through your compounder. Then there are drug shortages to consider. Must-have crash cart meds like atropine and FEDERAL DRUG SAFETY New legislation gives the Food and Drug Administration regulatory authority over compounding pharmacies. OSE_1407_part1_Layout 1 7/3/14 9:00 AM Page 36

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