USP Chapter <800> defines an expanded set of requirements, practices and quality standards for handling hazardous drugs (identified by NIOSH – National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) in healthcare settings and help promote patient safety, worker safety, and environmental protection.
As of July 1, 2018, the chapter will apply not only to hospital pharmacist but to all healthcare personnel who handle hazardous drug preparations (e.g. pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, nurses, physicians, physician assistants, home healthcare workers, veterinarians, and veterinary technicians). This will dramatically increase the demand for safer, more cost-effective and user’s friendly CSTDs (Closed System Transfer Devices).
Official implementation of Chapter <800> has been set to July 1, 2018. Enforcing the expanded new requirement set by Chapter <800> of using CSTDs presents a great opportunity for drug delivery device developers.