Sterile Compounding Standards Deadline Postponed

United States Pharmacopeia (USP) has announced  that the Dec. 1 implementation deadline for USP General Chapters 795, 797, and 825 has been delayed because the stakeholder appeal processes will not be finalized by then. CHA will host a webinar Nov. 12 to assist hospitals working to comply with the standards.

U.S. Pharmacopeia Publishes New and Revised Compounding Standards

The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) has released newly revised standards to assist health care practitioners in consistently producing high-quality compounded medicines that are the right strength and free of contaminants. The final USP 797, USP 825, and USP 795 and General Chapter 800 standards will take effect Dec. 1. 

CDPH Changes Approval Process for Sterile Compounding Physical Plant Construction Projects

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) earlier this week released All Facilities Letter 19-19, which updates its application process for new or remodeled pharmacy clean rooms and mobile sterile compounding units (MSCUs). Notably, CDPH will no longer accept incomplete applications for pharmacy clean rooms or MSCUs. CDPH states the update is in response to Assembly Bill 2978 (Chapter 992, Statutes of 2018), which requires CDPH to review or deny applications within 100 days of receipt.

Webinars Begin Next Week on New Opioid Safety Designation for Hospitals

Cal Hospital Compare, a nonprofit performance reporting initiative, will launch an opioid safety designation program for hospitals later this month, intended to accelerate improvement and recognize California hospitals’ efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. A series of five no-cost webinars — the first to be held May 9 at 11 a.m. (PT) – will explain a self-assessment tool integral to the new designation, and will feature peer-to-peer learning on a variety of safe opioid practices.