2022-2023 Update: Critical Pharmaceutical Calculations for Non-Sterile Compounding

Compounding is an integral part of pharmacy practice and is essential to the provision of healthcare. In response to numerous tragic patient outcomes, a result of the lack of attention to the main principles of USP <795>, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy implemented continuing education requirements for those pharmacists performing and/or overseeing compounded non-sterile preparation. Personnel involved in compounding require additional, specific training and periodic retraining beyond the training needed for routine dispensing duties. A thorough quality assurance program for compounded preparations requires documentation of both training and skill and competency.

This module focuses on critical calculations in compounded non-sterile preparation. Accurate pharmaceutical calculations are critical to determining the correct ratio of active and inactive ingredients in compounded preparations. Calculations are also necessary to administer the proper dosage of medications.

This module (1.25 CE), along with the other two MCPHS non-sterile compounding CE modules, 'USP <795> Update' (1.25 CE) and 'Lean Concepts' (0.5 CE), total to 3.0 credits of non-sterile compounding.

Learner Objectives

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

  • Calculate the quantity of active pharmaceutical ingredients needed in a non-sterile compound using aliquots.
  • Describe salt form corrections needed for a non-sterile compound.
  • Develop an aggregate assay correction based on the active pharmaceutical ingredient's certificate of analysis.

Omar Allibhai, PharmD, RPh, FACA, is a registered pharmacist at Johnson Compounding & Wellness. He is the first pharmacist to complete a two-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 radio-pharmacy 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.

Registration Fee: Free for MCPHS alumni and full-time staff; $12.00 for all other professionals.

Release Date: October 7, 2022
Expiration Date: October 6, 2023
ACPE UAN:0026-0000-22-015-H03-P | Application
ACPE Topic Designator: Pharmacy Law
Contact Hours: 1.25 (0.125 CEU)

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Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences designates this educational activity for a total of 1.25 contact hours (0.125 CEUs).

To receive credit, participants must complete pre and post-assessments, view the entire presentation, and evaluate the session. Participant credit will be reported to the CPE Monitor upon conclusion. Transcripts may be printed from the CPE Monitor.

The policy of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is ensuring balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its educational activities. Any individuals involved in planning or content creation for a continuing education activity are required to disclose financial relationships with ineligible companies that have occurred within the last 24 months. The intent of the policy is to identify and mitigate potential conflicts of interest that may affect the activity. All clinical medicine recommendations must be based on evidence accepted within the medical profession.

Omar Allibhai does not hold relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

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