Pharmacy Quick Reference Guide: Hazardous Drug Safety and Compliance with USP Chapter <800> in the Health System

Release Date: 12/17/2018
Expiration Date: 12/31/2020
CE Credits: N/A
Activity Fee: Free of Charge

Target Audience

The target audience for the quick reference guide includes pharmacists and pharmacy technicians practicing in hospitals and health systems. 


While the workplace management is responsible for developing the infrastructure for complying with regulatory and accreditation requirements for ensuring safe use of hazardous drugs (HDs), all pharmacy personnel need to be aware of those requirements and the risks associated with HDs, as well as policies and procedures within the workplace to keep themselves and their coworkers safe. But being aware is not enough—pharmacy personnel must follow professional standards and guidelines, ask questions and advocate for improvements when needed, and educate others within the health system to ensure that HDs are handled safely, from the time of receipt to waste disposal. This quick reference guide provides a summary of available information to help you ensure that you and your health system are meeting current safety requirements. 

The quick reference guide is a PDF that can be viewed online or downloaded. 

Planners and Reviewers 

The assistance of the planners and reviewers of this reference guide is gratefully acknowledged. 

In accordance with ACCME and ACPE Standards for Commercial Support, ASHP policy requires that all faculty, planners, reviewers, staff, and others in a position to control the content of this reference guide disclose their financial relationships. In this activity, only the individual below has disclosed a relevant financial relationship. No other persons associated with this reference guide have disclosed any relevant financial relationships. 

Patricia C. Kienle, B.S.Pharm., M.P.A., FASHP, Chair
Cardinal Health Innovative Delivery Solutions
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

  • Cardinal Health – employee
  • CriticalPoint, LLC – consultant 

Lindsey B. Amerine, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS
University of North Carolina Medical Center
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 

Kevin Hansen, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS
Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital
Greensboro, North Carolina 

Susan R. Dombrowski, M.S., B.S.Pharm., Writer

Carla J. Brink, M.S., B.S.Pharm., CHCP, Staff 

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