How a new rule could force changes to your veterinary facility

August 23, 2019
Vicki Pollard, CVT, AIA

Vicki Pollard is a certified veterinary technician and veterinary architect at Animal Arts in Boulder, Colorado. She also speaks at the Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Conference.

USP 800 is very important in how your faculty handles compounded drugs, says veterinary architect Vicki Pollard, CVT, AIA, at HospitalDesign360 conference.

USP 800 may sound like an overly ambitious sunscreen-or a cool new jet airliner-jokes Vicki Pollard, CVT, AIA, on site at the HospitalDesign360 conference in Kansas City. It's a regulation created by the United States Pharmacopia, and it's very important to the veterinary industry, because it deals with compounding of hazardous drugs specifically in veterinary facilities.

This new rule involves the safety of your veterinary team as well as your patients, Pollard says.

“If compounded drugs are contaminated in that process, from a biologic standpoint they can harm your patients, but if they're not handled properly, they can be dangerous for your team,” she says.

USP 800 was created to keep everyone safer in the veterinary environment. It involves facility changes, like adding additional rooms, but it also involves a change in operations and how you deal with drugs in your facility, Pollard says.

Want to know the specifics? Watch the video below.