Closed System Transfer Devices Important Component of USP 800 Compliance

Published: August 20, 2020

USP 800 standards are critical for healthcare facilities throughout the country. The standards were developed by US Pharmacopeia to help ensure the safe handling of hazardous drugs to minimize the risk of exposure to healthcare personnel, patients, and the environment.

Pharmacist Adam Peele, in an interview with Pharmacy, Purchasing & Products Magazine, stressed the importance of training and compliance throughout a facility:

One common misconception is that USP 800 impacts only pharmacy and nursing, while in fact, the chapter requirements encompass anyone who comes into contact with hazardous drugs, from the moment they enter the facility until the product is wasted. Therefore, education should be provided to staff members who unload hazardous drugs on the dock, couriers who deliver hazardous drugs, and environmental services staff who clean areas where hazardous drugs are prepared and administered.”

The use of Closed System Transfer Devices (CSTD) is a key strategy in complying with USP 800 standards and minimizing risk to employees. A CSTD mechanically prohibits the escape of hazardous drug or vapors outside of its system. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “When appropriately designed and used, CSTDs offer enhanced protection against potentially hazardous exposure to healthcare workers during the compounding and administration of hazardous drugs.”

Edge Pharma offers three products that feature a CSTD: the Gemcitabine Bladder Instillation Kit, Mitomycin Bladder Instillation Kit, and EmGyn – Emergency Gynecologic Methotrexate Kit.

To read the entire PPP Magazine interview with Adam Peele regarding USP 800 and the role of CSTDs, click here: