NIOSH updates healthcare hazardous drug list

By: July 2nd, 2012 Email This Post Print This Post

NIOSH has updated for 2012 the list of drugs commonly found in healthcare considered hazardous and requiring special handling.

List of Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs in Healthcare Settings was last updated in 2010 and identifies drugs that could pose an occupational threat through various routes of exposure to workers, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and housekeeping staff.

Since posting the 2010 list, NIOSH has reviewed “approximately 70 new drugs that received FDA approval and approximately 180 drugs that received new special warnings (usually black box warnings),” according to the agency. The review found 26 of the drugs having one or more characteristics of a hazardous drug and were added to the list.

Fifteen drugs were eliminated from the 2010 list because they no longer met the hazardous drug definition, were no longer available in the U.S, or were regulated by other government entities, according to NIOSH.

The announcement of the updated list appeared in the Federal Register, June 27.

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Comments

By Molly Edwards on July 3rd, 2012 at 1:42 pm

What do you advise for employees that handle or administer chemo? I cannot find anything specific. No one that I have spoken with has either. Please advise.

By David LaHoda on July 3rd, 2012 at 2:47 pm

The link in this blog post NIOSH guidelines for hazardous drugs in healthcare is a good place to start.

By Zach Anderson on July 6th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Was Nitroglycerin Tablets removed from the Hazardous Drugs list?

 

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