Oct 18, 2016
Cytotoxic drugs (sometimes known as antineoplastics)
Describe a group of medicines that contain chemicals which are toxic to cells, preventing their replication or growth, and so are primarily used to treat cancer. Once inside the body, their action is not generally tightly targeted, and they can produce side effects both to the patients and others who become exposed.
What are the Risks?
Exposure injuries resulting from the following activities:
Inadequate control measures could lead to:
Who is at Risk?
Pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, medical and nursing staff, laboratory staff, veterinary practitioners and others.
Thus, appropriate control measures must be in place to secure them all.
Control of Exposure!
Measures to control exposure should be applied in the following order:
Cytotoxic drugs are handled differently as compared to other active pharmaceutical ingredients. Specialized containment system is required to secure workers, facilities, the environment and the product itself as well.
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