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| Standard Number:||1910.1200; 1910.1200(b)(6)(v); 1910.1200(b)(6)(vi); 1910.1200(b)(6)(viii); 1910.1200(g)(1)|
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1. Does the HCS apply to all pharmaceuticals or only to pharmaceuticals that the manufacturer has determined as hazardous?Thank you for your help on this inquiry.
2. Are pharmaceuticals in a retail establishment which are packaged for sale to consumers exempt from the HCS?
3. Must the pharmacy keep MSDSs for hazardous chemical containing products in a final solid dosage form (e.g., tablets and capsules) intended for direct administration to the patient or are these products exempt from the MSDS requirement?
4. Must the pharmacy keep MSDSs for hazardous chemical containing products in a solid dosage form (e.g., tablets and capsules) that are intended to be crushed or mixed prior to administration?
5. Must the pharmacy keep MSDSs for hazardous chemical containing products in a solid dosage form (e.g., tablets and capsules) that are NOT intended to be crushed or mixed prior to administration even though it is possible that a nurse might choose to crush or mix them prior to administration?
6. Must the pharmacy keep MSDSs for products that DO NOT contain hazardous chemicals and that are intended to be crushed or mixed prior to use?
7. Must the pharmacy keep MSDSs for liquid pharmaceuticals (e.g., injectable products and oral liquid products) that DO NOT contain hazardous chemicals?
8. Must the pharmacy keep MSDSs for ointments, creams, and other topical preparations that DO NOT contain hazardous chemicals?
9. Are pellet-filled and powder-filled capsules considered to be solid dosage forms?
10. Is a liquid-filled gelatin capsule considered to be a solid dosage form?
11. If a manufacturer will not or cannot provide a MSDS for a covered drug, must the pharmacy document its attempt to obtain a MSDS?
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