Drug reconstitution and compounding made easier and safer

Published: 15-Dec-2014

Drug reconstitution and compounding for administration to patients in hospitals or at home can pose risks to workers and patients. Benedetta Cadorin, Haemopharm Healthcare, describes a system that is simpler, safer and more cost-effective

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Haemopharm Healthcare is an Italian manufacturer of flexible bags and medical devices that has been in operation since the 1970s. In addition to its manufacturing operations, Haemopharm also invests heavily in research and development, mainly focused on reducing the concerns arising from pharmaceutical handling, such as drug reconstitution and compounding.

There are many drugs that need to be reconstituted or mixed with a liquid before they can be administered. This practice is currently carried out in hospital pharmacies, where pharmacists manipulate often dangerous materials such as antitumorals, antibiotics and other drugs, either under laminar flow hoods or in isolators.

The multi-step procedure is long and complicated, and this increases the possibility of mistakes. There are high costs involved for the disposable equipment and consumables, and for the time of pharmacists and nurses.

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