Respectfully submitted by: Sarah Iannacone Third-year pharmacy student working with Dr. Drew Olson at Essential Pharmacy Compounding (EPC).
Chemotherapy drugs can be intimidating. Here at EPC we make it easy for you to help administer those drugs to your patients. Many veterinary clinics do not have the necessary biological safety cabinets to prepare chemotherapy drugs safely. When it comes to drug preparation, chemotherapy drugs should not be split and capsules should not be opened. If a specified dose is needed for your patient a licensed compounding pharmacy can do this for you in a safe environment. At EPC, we prepare your chemotherapy medications and provide you with the necessary personal protective equipment to safely administer them at your clinic. Our Chemotherapeutic Infusion Pack includes the chemo drug in a syringe or AccuFlo™, personal protective equipment for the veterinarian and technician (gown, gloves, mask), disposable preparation mat, cytotoxic agent disposal bag, and a chemotherapy sharps container.
To keep accidental administration of a chemotherapy agent low, it is wise to keep these hazardous drugs in a separate area or bin from your other medications. When it comes to safely disposing of the chemotherapy agents and waste your clinic needs to be contracted with a licensed hazardous waste handler to be compliant with state and federal laws. Federal requirements come from OSHA, EPA, and DOT; state requirements are from the office of the Inspector General. Be sure to talk with owners that for the next 72 hours their pet’s waste may be hazardous and they should handle any feces, urine, or vomit with gloves and cleaning any areas with detergent and water.