The US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has released an overreaching guidance document that may inadvertently crush many small pharmacies. USP’s standards are enforceable in the US by the FDA, and these standards are used in more than 140 countries as well.
Now the USP is creating an additional standard intended to protect healthcare workers from exposure to hazardous drugs (HDs). Unfortunately, the standards as written are aggressively demanding and will severely harm compounding pharmacies—in particular, small traditional pharmacies, most of which will be unable to implement the new standards.
Tell the USP that their new hazardous drug standard should not be considered a mandate for healthcare facilities and compounding pharmacies, but instead should be listed in the “recommendations” section of the USP standards.
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Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]