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Non-Sterile Compounding Hand Sanitizer During Covid-19 Public Health Emergency

During the Public Health Emergency related to COVID-19, there has been a drastic shortage of hand sanitizers for the public. Recently the FDA, USP and State of Massachusetts have provided guidance on how pharmacies can compound hand sanitizer and sell it over the counter while still being in compliance with all applicable laws. This is an unprecedented step that will allow Pharmacists and Pharmacies in Massachusetts to serve the public. Attendees will be able to apply this information to supply this much needed product to the public in the time of this public health crisis.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe the scenarios where pharmacies can compound hand sanitizer for over the counter sale.
  • Create a master formulation Record for over the counter compounded hand sanitizer.
  • Generate a label that is compliant with Massachusetts and the FDA guidance


Omar Allibhai, PharmD, RPh, FACA
Dr. Allibhai is the lead pharmacist at Johnson Compounding & Wellness. He is the first pharmacist to complete a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship in pharmacy compounding in the nation. Omar works in different aspects of the pharmacy including non-sterile compounding, formulation development, training new employees, and developing quality assurance programs. He obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a certificate in radiopharmacy from MCPHS University. He is a member of the Massachusetts Independent Pharmacists Association, Massachusetts Pharmacist Association, International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists, American College of Apothecaries, and the Johnson Compounding and Wellness’s Quality Assurance team.


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Release Date: April 1, 2020
Expiration Date: April 1, 2021
Contact Hours: 1.0
Universal Activity Number: 0026-0000-20-010-H03-P

MA licensed pharmacists, please refer to MA BOP policy 2018-03 section VI for further information on the use CE credits designated for pharmacy law (03) and compounding (07) to meet annual licensure requirements. Pharmacists licensed outside of MA should refer to their own state boards of Pharmacy for more information.

Registration Fee: Free to All