Hazardous Drug Exposure in Healthcare

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Hazardous drug exposure in healthcare is a growing concern for the pharma industry and workers. Significant risks may be present including cancers for those handling and compounding various therapeutic agents. Workplace exposure standards do not exist for those employed in the pharma industry. Recommendations of safety have used the, ‘As Low as Reasonably Achievable’ (ALARA) principle to control exposures for pharmacists and others that handle hazardous substances. Steps should be taken to systematically eliminate and/or minimize exposures to workers through safer handling protocols, approved safety cabinets, negative pressure rooms, local exhaust ventilation, health surveillance, training and appropriate PPE.