Book Review

Principles of Sterile Product Preparation. (Revised 1st ed.)

E. Clyde Buchanan, Barbara T. McKinnon, Douglas J. Scheckelhoff, Phillip J. Schneider
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Inc

An essential reference for any hospital, home care, or community compounding pharmacy that prepares sterile products. Compounding pharmacists are faced with reexamining, revising, and creating policies and procedures relating to sterile compounding because of recent tragic events related to contaminated sterile compounded products. This reference text is an excellent educational resource for current standards of practice and guidelines related to sterile compounding. It contains information on sterilization methods, batch preparation, beyond-use dating, and labeling. With regard to quality assurance, it explains process validation, end-product evaluation, environmental monitoring, and proper documentation. It also provides recommendations about the education, training, and evaluation of personnel; aseptic technique and garb use; facility requirements; and necessary equipment. One chapter includes guidelines for developing proper policies and procedures for sterile product preparation. Included in the appendices are the most recent professional standards for sterile product preparation published by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), the American Society of Health- System Pharmacists (ASHP), and the United States Pharmacopeial Convention, Inc (USP). Many states have already adopted the ASHP and/or the USP guidelines as new state rules for sterile product compounding. This reference contains the most complete and up-to-date information on sterile product compounding. It is a must for every compounding pharmacy.

Reviewed By:  Dana Reed-Kane, PharmD, FIACP, FACA, FCP, NFPPhC
In:  Nov/Dec 2002