WASHINGTON, DC – The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) recently released Compounding Guide for Ophthalmic Preparations, a single-source reference for pharmacists and ophthalmologists on preparing quality compounded ophthalmic medications.
The new first-edition book (ISBN 978-1-58212-177-2; softbound; 259 pages; $71.95 [$57.95 for APhA members]) contains 176 monographs. Each drug monograph provides information on ingredients, preparation, packaging and labeling, beyond-use date, therapeutic use, quality control parameters, special notes and reference citations for clinical evidence.
Chapters 1–3 discuss compounding guidelines for sterile ophthalmic preparations, sterilizing techniques and quality assurance procedures. Chapter 4 provides an extensive explanation of the components of sterile ophthalmic preparations: preservatives, antioxidants, viscosity agents, toxicity, clarity, pH and buffers, vehicles and bases and active pharmaceutical ingredients. Chapters 5–9 provide background information on a particular type of ophthalmic preparation―hazardous preparations, topical preparations, ocular injections, topical ointments and blood-derived preparations, respectively―followed by step-by-step instructions for commonly compounded ophthalmic drugs.
The author, Linda F. McElhiney, PharmD, BSPharm, FIACP, FASHP, FACA, is Compounding Pharmacy Operations Coordinator, Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, IN, and Affiliate Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Purdue University College of Pharmacy, West Lafayette, IN.
The book may be ordered online, www.pharmacist.com/shop, or by phone, 800-878-0729.
About the American Pharmacists Association
The American Pharmacists Association, founded in 1852 as the American Pharmaceutical Association, is a 501 (c)(6) organization, representing more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and others interested in advancing the profession. APhA, dedicated to helping all pharmacists improve medication use and advance patient care, is the first-established and largest association of pharmacists in the United States. For more information, please visit www.pharmacist.com.