Dispensing biotechnology products: Handling, professional education, and product information

Peggy Piascik, Val Adams

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Preparation, dispensing, and patient education regarding appropriate use of pharmaceuticals are primarily the responsibility of the pharmacist. Traditionally, parenteral products have been available in ready-to-use containers or required dilution with water or saline prior to use with no other special handling requirements. Hospital pharmacists, in particular, have prepared and dispensed parenteral products for individual patients for many years. While many pharmacists are skilled in handling parenteral products, biotechnology products present additional challenges since they are proteins subject to denaturation and thus require special handling techniques. These challenges will be explained in greater detail in this chapter. Practice issues with biotechnology products may be handled in slightly different ways depending on laws and pharmacy practice standards in each country. This chapter is written primarily from the view of practice in the United States since that is the primary experience of the authors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPharmaceutical Biotechnology
Subtitle of host publicationFundamentals and Applications, Fourth Edition
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781461464860
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (all)


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