A guidance issued by FDA on January 12 makes clear that the agency does not favor some long-standing habits of pharmacy personnel related to the repackaging of drug products. Take, for example, the beyond-use date BUD for tablets taken from a manufacturer's large container and repackaged into smaller containers. The BUD of 6 months agrees with the time frame for expiration dating stated by FDA in a decades-old compliance policy guide for unit dose repackaging firms, said Dennis Tribble, an expert in pharmacy operations automation who works for medical device maker BD. But referencing the date of the original container's first opening in determining the BUD is not what pharmacists usually do when repackaging tablets or capsules, he said.
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FDA Outlines Conditions for Pharmacies to Repackage Drug Products - ASHP
The chapter was to have become official on December 1, , but USP-NF announced on September 23, , that appeals were pending on provisions of the chapter regarding beyond-use dating, use of alternative technologies proven equivalent to those described in the chapter, and applicability of the chapter to veterinary practitioners. This notice and content of this program will be updated as events occur. Compounding has been a fundamental aspect of providing medicines to patients for centuries. Physicians, chemists, and pharmacists manipulated naturally derived products including those of plant, mineral, and animal origin into medicines. They did this through mixing, grinding, filtering, percolating, heating, and distilling, which led to preparations of vinegars, extracts, infusions, elixirs, syrups, tinctures, ointments, and pills. Today, compounding has made a resurgence because of many drug shortages in recent years; the need for customized drug formulations as a result of allergies; special dosage forms for pediatric patients, geriatric patients, and special needs populations; and the movement toward specialty and personalized medicines.
Official USP Reference Standards
Beyond use dates are different from expiration dates. Expiration dates are required on commercially manufactured products and are determined after extensive study of the product's stability. Most expiration dates are given in years for commercial products.
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