During this COVID-19 pandemic, we have all heard it: Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This article focuses on transferring basic aseptic techniques and good hygiene practices learned in the pharmaceutical industry to help you dodge the COVID-19 bullet.
There are situations we have come across where we really scratch our heads and say, “What did they just do, and what were they thinking?” This article describes a series of events and activities that we have seen that are at once amusing, baffling, and revealing of the flaws in our industry.
Probably one of the most significant developments in sterilization and aseptic practices in pharma is that of vaporized hydrogen peroxide (VHP) as a contact or “cold” sterilizing agent. The use of VHP in contained environments has allowed us to decontaminate working spaces, equipment, and materials and has led to the development of the reliable isolator.
According to section 503B of the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, outsourcing facilities are required to comply with all current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs) and regulations regarding insanitary conditions. Many regulatory observations are written for the failure to follow cGMPs and insanitary conditions. This article highlights some of the microbial expectations for 503B compounding pharmacies.
Contamination control activities aim to permanently ensure a sufficient level of cleanliness in controlled environments. This is accomplished by maintaining, reducing, or eradicating viable and non-viable contamination for sanitary purposes or to maintain an efficient rate of production.