Update on the USP Postponement
Reasons Why the USP Postponement Has Been Postponed
The revised USP rulings have been postponed for now due to appeals by a number of bodies, namely The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) and more than 30 other pharmacist associations. The appeals have been made due to data restrictions, and all parties want to work together to ensure patient safety while maintaining accessibility.
The appeals by a number of pharmacist associations have resulted in the USP changes potentially being delayed, but one chapter has not been subject to appeal. Chapter <800> will continue to be implemented on the original date, 1st December 2019. The chapters subject to appeal will be responded to before this date by the designated panel using the proper procedure. To find more about the key changes to the USP 797 visit this document by Contec Healthcare for a full outline of changes.
What If You Already Implemented Changes?
Understandably, some practices may have already revised their procedures after publication of the USP changes. If you have already implemented the changes thinking they would be fully implemented by December of this year, the good news is that you don’t have to make new changes for now.
Your current practices in this situation will be going above and beyond what is currently expected and there is no obligation to revert back. It is important that you stay up to date with the situation to ensure you are always complying with any future changes.
Proposed Changes from QI Medical
QI Medical has consulted the literature to come up with their own proposed changes. They have suggested that CSP categories are inefficient and not always valuable in practical usage and video training to help with core competencies. They have also made specific reference to USP quotes and highlighted how this can work and sometimes cannot work in practice. Full details are found by clicking this link.
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