Blog by Mark Prifogle, GrandView Pharmacy CEO


You may have noticed a new sticker on prescription packaging that states “NIOSH” or hazardous drugs recently. This sticker indicates a revised class of drugs around hazardous waste/medications update from earlier this year, and the transition from USP 800 from USP 797 (pharmacy regulations). NIOSH stands for National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Certain drugs, recently, have been deemed unsafe to handle with a bare hand. The use of nitrile gloves is highly recommended when handling these specific drugs.

  • Attachment #1 – NIOSH 2016-161: Contains all drugs considered NIOSH and background around the concept. It is a pretty exhaustive list and most are not relevant to our practice. The compliance date for USP 800 is not until December 1, 2019.
  • Attachment #2 – NIOSH Drugs: A user-friendly and the drugs highlighted in red are more common to our practice.

Precautions should be taken when breaking tablets, if necessary at the pharmacy, and should not be handled with an ungloved hand.

Please let me know if you have any questions on this regulatory change.

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