Why Measures to Prevent Community Spread of Coronavirus are Critical

  |  March 24, 2020

Current directives to combat COVID-19 in the United States are based on limiting community spread of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). The tactics include social distancing, frequent hand washing and related actions. But why is it that doctors, scientists, and other specialists have counseled government authorities to recommend these methods in particular? Coronavirus (COVID-19): Why is...
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Why is this pandemic happening now?

  |  March 23, 2020

The ongoing novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China, in December 2019, and was recognized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11, 2020. The disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). Since this virus is new there is no worldwide immunity. This...
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Successful Strategies for Creating a Culture of Laboratory Safety

  |  March 2, 2020

It’s been over 10 years since the tragic death of a staff research assistant in the chemistry department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Devastating and high-profile laboratory accidents such as this have elevated safety concerns for academic and biotech research facilities in recent years, driving many to seek ways make safety an...
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Hospital-acquired Fungal Infections: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Patients

  |  February 26, 2020

Over the past year, several reported instances of patient infections related to mold have escalated concerns within the healthcare community. Understanding how these infections can occur, and what your hospital can do to prevent them, is essential for patient safety and hospital reputation.   What are hospital-acquired fungal infections? True to their name, hospital-acquired fungal...
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EHS Essentials for Biotech Start-Ups

  |  February 11, 2020

There are a lot of decisions that go into launching a biotech start-up, but one of the most important for the long-term success of your new company is the decision to establish a culture of safety. This is best done through the clear and intentional development of an environmental health and safety (EHS) program. Not...
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Lab Energy Optimization: How to Do it Safely

  |  January 24, 2020

College campuses across the country are instituting green initiatives and signing aggressive carbon reduction goals to become better stewards of the environment. While this aim is admirable and necessary, many colleges and universities set these goals without fully developing a plan for how to achieve them. Once they discover their plan isn’t as easy to...
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Getting Ready for USP 800: What Your Hospital Pharmacy Needs to Know

  |  December 10, 2019

While regulations for sterile compounding have been around for decades, many hospital pharmacies around the country have been racing to meet compliance with the new USP 800. Unlike the current standards set by USP 797, which are generally designed to protect the product, USP 800 aims to regulate employee protection. It provides requirements for healthcare...
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Sterile Drug Compounding Contamination: What Facility Managers Need to Know and How to Maintain Compliance

  |  December 2, 2019

The most widely publicized sterile drug compound contamination outbreak was traced back to the New England Compounding Center in 2012. This outbreak led to more than 800 cases and 64 deaths. The direct cause of these infections was fungal contamination of methylprednisolone that led to the development of fungal meningitis. Perhaps the most shocking detail...
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