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You Won’t Believe How Your Meds Are Made – Check out this Sterile Environment (WATCH)

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Sterile compounding is the preparation of custom medications for patients in a sterile environment to prevent contamination and keep patients safe.

Known as compounding pharmacies, they must have a special license for that designation. A compounding pharmacy may use pharmacists or technicians to prepare medications. In both cases, they work in a sterile environment. Protective gear is available to prevent contamination and it is common to work under a vented hood.

A compounding pharmacy must follow very specific guidelines to keep the environment clean and safe. There are be a number of reasons a patient might need a compound medication, such as concerns about patient allergies, eye medicines and custom chemotherapy medications. Pharmacists who perform sterile compounding need a detailed knowledge of the medication so they can select the most appropriate components. They also need to consider the patient’s needs.

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Mark Taylor, owner and pharmacist of Curexa Specialty and Compounding Pharmacy in Egg Harbor Township shows Robin Stoloff his sterile compounding procedure.

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