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NIOSH updates healthcare hazardous drug list

OSHA Healthcare Connection, August 14, 2012

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 that 26 of the drugs had one or more characteristics of a hazardous drug; they 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 United States, or were regulated by other government entities, according to NIOSH.

The announcement of the updated list appeared in the Federal Register, June 27. The updated list is available at www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2012-150.

Source: Excerpted from Medical Environment Update, August 2012.

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