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How an Outbreak Changed Compounding Pharmacies: The Ophthalmic Side Effects

Compounding pharmacies have been vital to retina since specialists began using bevacizumab (Avastin, Genentech, South San Francisco, CA) to treat AMD.

With last year’s fungal meningitis outbreak traced to a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts, these facilities have come under increased scrutiny. Two major compounders in the ophthalmic drug space have reviewed their own processes and made changes to allay the concerns of physicians, while the accrediting organization for compounding pharmacies is handling increased requests for inspections.

Last October, compounding pharmacies came under increased scrutiny when problems with sterile conditions arose at the New England Compounding Center (NECC), leading to the outbreak that resulted in 696 cases of meningitis and 45 deaths in 20 states…

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A Cost-Effective Option for Pharmaceutical Compounding

Hospital pharmacies face a stiff challenge as the fallout over the recent meningitis outbreak caused by tainted compounding continues: As scores of other vendors shut their doors because they failed FDA inspections, how does a hospital ensure the adequate flow of crucial admixtures?

One solution is to bring more of the sterile compounding workload back into the hospital. But this strategy has its own risks and challenges, including ensuring United States Pharmacopeia (USP) <Chapter 797> compliance, adjusting staffing and workflow, and building expensive new clean rooms and buying other high-ticket equipment and technologies. Another roadblock: steering clear of the regulatory minefield surrounding beyond-use dating (BUD)…

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AsepticSure Disinfection System Proving Successful In Canadian Hospital Trials

San Francisco-based Medizone International, announced today the successful completion of safety and preliminary operational trials of its AsepticSure system at Quinte Health Care Belleville General Hospital, affiliated with Queen’s University…

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Planetary Protection: the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN orbiter (MAVEN)

As NASA pursues the search for life in the solar system, the cleanliness of robotic explorers is crucial to avoid contaminating other worlds. Contaminants from Earth could inadvertently kill life forms on other planets just as we discover that they exist.  The MAVEN probe will be carrying no more than 500,000 spores of microbial life, so few they could fit on the head of a pin.

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Defining Cleanroom Gloves, Know the Difference

Do you know the difference between Cleanroom grade gloves and standard disposable glove?  Well there is a lot that comes into play when defining and selecting the proper glove for the process and environment at hand.  We have put together a Cleanroom Glove guide that gives a rundown on everything from the substrate and manufacturing process all the way to sizing. disposable

Click this link to view the Valutek guide to cleanroom gloves


The Rundown on Cleanroom Wipers

Wipers are used to remove contamination from all areas of the cleanroom and are also used for wiping and cleaning products. Wipers are very important to fab operations because if they spread more contamination than collect, yield will decrease. Therefore, the design and construction is very important. Products that are to be used in critical areas are typically cleanroom laundered to ensure their cleanliness.

Click this link to view the Valutek guide to cleanroom wipers.


Pegasus Creates New Videos Filmed at Valutek

Our friends at Pegasus Cleanroom Services provide critical environment cleaning services and information for Biomedical Facilities, Data Centers, Cleanrooms and Electronic Manufacturing Facilities.  The Pegasus team has just updated their online experience by adding a new look and feel to their website. The approach of Pegasus was to make their information easier to find, as well as bringing new information to the table.  The newly created site contains a page of informative videos that were filmed at Valutek’s very own cleanroom.  The videos provide information on everything about proper gowning, cleaning solution preparation and the process of cleaning walls, floors and surfaces.  Look around their new website and let Pegasus know what you think!

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