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Pharmaceuticals as hospital hazards: managing the risks.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2016654     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The recognition of pharmaceuticals as biologically active chemical hazards is a recent occurrence. Focusing primarily on the hazard potential of antineoplastic drugs, many hospitals have adopted the safe handling guidelines proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to mitigate worker health risk. More recently, occupational health professionals are acknowledging that other drugs also are potentially hazardous to hospital workers and therefore require review. The approach used by one university hospital to identify other potentially hazardous drugs and to develop handling procedures for them involved assembling a multidisciplinary committee to perform drug reviews, prioritize agents for evaluation, define criteria for a "hazardous drug" determination, specify handling procedures for "hazardous drugs," and require detailed toxicologic data from hospital studies on investigational drugs.
M A McDiarmid; H T Gurley; D Arrington
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of occupational medicine. : official publication of the Industrial Medical Association     Volume:  33     ISSN:  0096-1736     ISO Abbreviation:  J Occup Med     Publication Date:  1991 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-05-23     Completed Date:  1991-05-23     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7502807     Medline TA:  J Occup Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  155-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, MD 21205.
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MeSH Terms
Antineoplastic Agents / adverse effects*
Drug Information Services
Hazardous Substances*
Medical Staff, Hospital*
Neoplasms / chemically induced*
Nursing Staff, Hospital*
Occupational Diseases / chemically induced*,  prevention & control
Risk Factors
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antineoplastic Agents; 0/Hazardous Substances
Comment In:
J Occup Med. 1991 Feb;33(2):159   [PMID:  2016655 ]

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