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Sterile compounding more complex than just mixing: Market trends of sterile compounding for hospitals


Mary Nazzal, Pharm.D., Clinical IQ, LLC, Eric S. Kastango, MBA, RPh, FASHP, Principal-CEO, Clinical IQ, LLC & CriticalPoint, LLC


The Institute for Safe Medication Practices states in its Guidelines for Safe Preparation of Compounded Sterile Preparations, “To the maximum extent possible, commercially-prepared, premixed parenteral products and unit dose syringes are used versus manually compounded sterile products.”4 However, when not commercially available, there are two options when evaluating of sterile compounding: compound necessary medications in your facility or have an outsourcing pharmacy compound fulfill your needs. Many facilities use a combination of both, utilizing an outsourcing agency to compound medications needed in large quantities or to compound medications they do not have experience with compounding.

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