Patient Safety Alert 14: Pharmacy Compounding Safe Practice Recommendations (PDF)

The AMC PSO recently held its follow up Medication Safety Task Force collaborative convening session to discuss the best practices regarding the issues within compounding sterile preparations and patient safety that were brought up in the first meeting.


One retrospective study examining breast implant lawsuits (O’Brien C, 1999) detailed how plaintiffs used individual legal claims against doctor defendants to push these physicians into quick and lower monetary settlements so larger, and more expensive, future lawsuits against the manufacturers could be financed.

  • Plaintiffs have also won recent combined lawsuits against physicians and manufactures over medication and medical device malfunctions (Gallegos A, 2013): In 2012, a jury ordered a physician and manufacturer to pay $5.5 million to a mesh implant plaintiff. Jurors found the manufacturer 60% at fault and the surgeon 40% at fault. Multiple lawsuits regarding flawed mesh implants are currently in motion.
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Best practices regarding compounding sterile preparations and patient safety ranging from fentanyl patches to breast implants.


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