The Cedarville University School of Pharmacy is hosting a two-day conference to train pharmacists and technicians to safely compound sterile medicines.
The conference, schedule for September 28 and 29 at Cedarville’s new Health Sciences Center, is the only training program in Ohio that prepares pharmacists to safely compound, or mix, sterile medicines. These medicines are usually injected directly into the bloodstream or spinal column, placing a high importance on the processes and procedures used to ensure the safety and sterility of the products. The contamination of bacteria and fungus can lead to serious medical issues and, sometimes, death.
Compounding practices were brought into public scrutiny last year, when over 700 people were sickened and 63 people were killed due to contaminated medicines from the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass. These cases gave increased importance to the practices of pharmacists and technicians at compounding facilities when dealing with sterilized medicines.