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April 12, 2019
This opinion piece considers the different technologies used for the preparation of cytotoxic injections and infusions: pharmaceutical isolators, Class II cytotoxic cabinets and closed system transfer devices (CSTDs)
Cytotoxic chemotherapy is synonymous with a narrow therapeutic index, severe adverse effects for patients and occupational exposure risks for pharmacy and nursing staff.
 
March 7, 2019
A report commissioned by the European Biosafety Network was launched at a roundtable on preventing exposure to hazardous drugs in healthcare, held in the European Parliament in Brussels attended by MEPs, unions, employers, professional associations, representatives of Member States and the European Commission
A report commissioned by the European Biosafety Network has shed light on conditions in hospitals across the EU which are endangering the lives of nurses and pharmacists, other hospital staff, carers and patients.
 
The report was launched on 7 March at a roundtable on preventing exposure to hazardous drugs in healthcare, held in the European Parliament in Brussels attended by MEPs, unions, employers, professional associations, representatives of Member States and the European Commission. 
 
January 15, 2019
Former regional pharmaceutical officer for the Israeli Ministry of Health Yaakov Cass outlines his views on how hospital pharmacists should handle hazardous drugs

Former regional pharmaceutical officer for the Israeli Ministry of Health Yaakov Cass outlines his views on how hospital pharmacists should handle hazardous drugs
 
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December 10, 2018
A scientific approach is essential in distinguishing between fully contained systems and filter-based alternatives and hospitals and compounding centres are encouraged to do their own research on the efficacy of all systems on the market before making a decision
As hospitals and compounding centres look to upgrade their safe handling standards in compliance with regulation, there are many factors to consider.
 
November 20, 2018
Despite current recommended safe handling procedures, the potential for the exposure of healthcare providers to cytotoxic and hazardous drugs remains. Preventing workplace contamination is the best strategy to minimise cytotoxic drug exposure and the use of closed system transfer devices, alongside other protective measures, plays an important role

Cytotoxic and hazardous drug compounding is a technical challenge because it is necessary to implement correct aseptic technique to maintain product sterility while also minimising potential occupational and environmental exposure owing to the deleterious effects of this class of drugs.1

 

May 9, 2017
Containment of hazardous drug vapour by closed system transfer devices is critical; new test methods are providing valuable insights into the performance of these devices and recent studies are suggesting new potential applications

Containment of hazardous drug vapour by closed system transfer devices is critical; new test methods are providing valuable insights into the performance of these devices and recent studies are suggesting new potential applications

 

Christine Clark
Freelance Medical Writer

 

May 8, 2017
The handling of cytotoxic drug injections and compounding of parenteral nutrition solutions are both high-risk activities but pharmacists are in a strong position to implement safety measures and effective error-reduction strategies

The handling of cytotoxic drug injections and compounding of parenteral nutrition solutions are both high-risk activities but pharmacists are in a strong position to implement safety measures and effective error-reduction strategies

 

Christine Clark
Freelance medical writer

 

November 16, 2016
New policy recommendations on preventing occupational exposure to cytotoxic drugs were launched in the European Parliament earlier this year

New policy recommendations on preventing occupational exposure to cytotoxic drugs were launched in the European Parliament earlier this year

 

 

May 4, 2016
‘Preventing occupational exposure to cytotoxic and other hazardous drugs’ launched in European Parliament

New policy recommendations on preventing occupational exposure to cytotoxic drugs were launched in the European Parliament on 26 April 2016, an important new initiative designed to protect healthcare professionals working across the EU.

 

May 28, 2015
A second-generation closed system transfer device both provides effective containment of hazardous drugs and prevents microbial ingress for a prolonged period and could therefore enable more economical use of expensive products

 

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