Because the expiration date is established by testing a drug in specific conditions related to storage containers, lighting, temperature, etc., this date, as per the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is compromised by changing any of these conditions.This includes moving a medication to a different container, which is the normal practice for pharmacies dispensing prescriptions.Areas used for sterile preparations are to be separated and distinct from the nonsterile compounding area (see Compounding areas are to be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition.Adequate washing facilities are to be provided, including hot and cold water, soap or detergent, and air driers or single-service towels.
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“One of the things we try to do as faculty and scientists at a pharmacy school is to do research that will be translatable to clinical situations that compounding pharmacists run into in the community,” said Arnold. Compounding pharmacists use standards established by the United States Pharmacopeia, and for this study, Arnold and Gorman used guideline USP 795 for nonsterile compounding.
It provides information on a drug’s stability, and it often recommends a beyond-use date of 14 days, but this is not always accurate.
by Olivia Odom The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists provided Samford University’s Mc Whorter School of Pharmacy with a ,000 grant for research directed by associate professor John Arnold and professor Gregory Gorman.