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A Pharmacist Review: Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs 2019

The Council for Medication Safety: Mitigating Contamination and Improving the Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs

Target Audience: Physicians, nurses, pharmacists.
Activity Type: Application
Release Date: May 13, 2019
Expiration Date: May 13, 2020
Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 2.0 hours
Fee: Free

Activity Overview

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is concerned about the risk and exposure of health care workers who handle, prepare, or administer hazardous drugs (HDs), such as chemotherapeutic agents, or those who work in areas where these drugs are used. Due to potential health risks associated with unintentional exposure to these agents, it is necessary to implement proper policies and procedures for safe handling, from delivery through disposal. This activity will highlight ways that health-system pharmacists can stay well informed on current best practices and appropriate measures to prevent unintentional exposure to HDs.

Educational Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss the dangers associated with handling hazardous drugs (HDs)
  • Identify best practices for assessing the risks of handling HDs within a health care facility
  • Outline USP <800> and relevant USP chapter revisions
  • Review current and emerging systems for decreasing HD contamination and improving health care worker safety
  • Recognize practical procedures to improve safe handling of HDs in health care facilities.

Acknowledgement of Commercial Support

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc.

Instructions for This Activity and Receiving Credit

  • You will need to log in to participate in the activity.
  • Each presentation may contain an interactive question(s). You may move forward through the presentation; however, you may not go back to change answers or review audio files/content until you finish the presentation.
  • At the end of the activity, educational content/audio files will be available for your reference.
  • In order to receive a CME/CE certificate, you must complete the activity.
  • Complete the Posttest and pass with a score of 70% or higher, complete the Evaluation, and then click on “Request for Credit.” You may immediately download a CME/CE certificate upon completion of these steps.


Jeff Lombardo, PharmD, BCOP
Associate Director
Empire State Patient Safety Assurance Network
Center for Integrated Global Biomedical Sciences
Research Assistant Professor
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, New York

Thomas H. Connor, PhD
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (retired)

Christine Roussel, PharmD, BCOP
Director of Pharmacy
Doylestown Hospital
Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Additional faculty include:

Nicholas Baker, MPH, PharmD, BCPS
Regional Pharmacy Services Manager
Pharmacy Operations Northern California
Kaiser Permanente
Oakland, California

Jonas Congelli, RPh
Director of Pharmacy Services
Hematology Oncology Associates of CNY
East Syracuse, New York

Marc Earl, PharmD
Assistant Director of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmacy
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio

Debashis Sahoo, PhD
MedInstill Development LLC
New Milford, Connecticut

Alison Smith, PharmD
Pharmacy Manager
The University of Kansas Cancer Center
Kansas City, Kansas

Medical Writing and Editorial Support

Jill E. Allen, PharmD, BCPS
Drug Information Consultant and Medical Writer
Pin Oak Associates
Salt Lake City, Utah


The following contributors have relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose:

Thomas H. Connor, PhD
Consultant—Atrion Medical Products, Inc.

Christine Roussel, PharmD, BCOP
Consultant—LP3 Network/Medisca
Speakers Bureau—ICU Medical

The following contributors have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose:

Jeff Lombardo, PharmD, BCOP

Medical Writing and Editorial Support
Jill E. Allen, PharmD, BCPS

Pharmacy Times Continuing Education™ Planning Staff – Jim Palatine, RPh, MBA; Maryjo Dixon, RPh; Dipti Desai, PharmD; Michelle Carlson, PharmD candidate; Nicole Grassano; Susan Pordon; and Brianna Winters

Anonymous peer reviewers were part of the content validation and conflict resolution and have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Disclosure Policy and Resolution of Conflicts of Interest (COI)

As a sponsor accredited by the ACCME, it is the policy of PER® to ensure fair balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its CME/CE activities. In compliance with ACCME guidelines, PER®requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of a CME/CE activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. The ACCME defines “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that creates a COI.

Additionally, PER® is required by ACCME to resolve all COI. PER® has identified and resolved all COI prior to the start of this activity by using a multistep process.

Off-Label Disclosure and Disclaimer

This CME/CE activity may or may not discuss investigational, unapproved, or off-label use of drugs. Participants are advised to consult prescribing information for any products discussed. The information provided in this CME/CE activity is for continuing medical and nursing education purposes only, and is not meant to substitute for the independent clinical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic, treatment, or management options for a specific patient’s medical condition. The opinions expressed in the content are solely those of the individual faculty members and do not reflect those of PER®.

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