Where to get information on compounding sterile preparations

Someone asked me the other day where they could read up on what’s going on in the world of pharmacy sterile compounding. It’s a good question. The simple answer is to get your hands on a copy of the USP Compounding Compendium and read it over and over again. That’s where I started. Unfortunately, that will make you about $150 lighter in the wallet. Not to mention that it’s not the most entertaining of documents.

ASHP offers several training courses that include written material as well as video. I’ve gone through many of them myself. They’re good, but expensive. You can see a list of them here.

ASHP also offers a Sterile Compounding Resource Center. Lots of good content there, especially in the Policies, Best Practices, and Guidelines section. Some of the material may require you to be an active ASHP member, but I believe some (much?) of the content is free.

I’ve found Pharmacy Practice News and Pharmacy Purchasing & Products to have lots of good, timely content pertaining to sterile compounding. The best part about these two publications is that they provide free access after a one-time registration process.

If you’re just looking for general reading material, a Google search for sterile compounding, compounded sterile preparations (CSPs), primary engineering controls, beyond-use dating (BUD), USP <797>, or pharmacy compounding will give you more than you can handle.

Anyone else have any recommendations for where to find information on sterile compounding? If you do, feel free to leave a comment below.

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