ICYMI: Check out these ASHP Guidelines

1. The ASHP Guidelines on Home Infusion Pharmacy Services – defines the role of the pharmacist in providing home infusion care to patients and to outline minimum requirements (indicated by use of the word “shall”) and best practices for the operation  and management of services provided by pharmacies in the home or alternate-site setting.  Home infusion services are provided by a variety of organizations, including hospitals, community pharmacies, home health agencies, hospices, and specialized infusion companies. Patients receive care in non-inpatient settings, such as their homes and ambulatory infusion centers, or in alternate-site settings, such as skilled-nursing facilities. Home infusion pharmacies may provide one or more of several service lines:

  •  Infusion therapies (e.g., intravenous, subcutaneous, intrathecal, epidural);
  • Specialty pharmacy services;
  • Ambulatory infusion center services;
  • Home health nursing;
  • Private duty nursing;
  • Respiratory equipment and clinical respiratory services;
  • Hospice services;
  • Home medical equipment and supplies (with or without oxygen service); or
  • Enteral products and supplies.


2. The ASHP Guidelines on Compounding Sterile Preparations –  these guidelines are intended to help compounding personnel prepare compounded sterile preparations( CSPs) of high quality and reduce the potential for harm to patients and consequences for compounding personnel. These guidelines are a revision of the 2000 ASHP Guidelines on Quality Assurance of Pharmacy Prepared Sterile Products,14 with the goals of providing more current recommendations and harmonizing the ASHP guidelines with United States Pharmacopeia (USP) chapter 797, Pharmaceutical Compounding–Sterile Preparations. These guidelines are generally applicable to all personnel who prepare CSPs and all facilities in which CSPs are prepared, pharmacists and other health care professionals responsible for the preparation, selection, and use of CSPs are urged to use professional judgment in interpreting and applying these guidelines to their specific circumstances. Users of these guidelines are cautioned that the information provided is current as of publication and are urged to consult current editions of original sources (e.g., laws, regulations, and applicable standards, including USP compendial standards) to ensure patient safety as well as legal and regulatory compliance.


Click on title link for details of each of the guidelines.



American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) – http://www.ashp.org