Pharmaceutical development is a tedious process that requires extra care. If you don’t take the proper precautions, foreign particles can taint medications and therefore waste your lab’s time and money—or, worse, the medications can end up in the hands of consumers. To keep your lab and consumers safe, continue reading to learn how to avoid cross contamination in pharmaceuticals.
Clean Your Equipment
One of the easiest ways for cross contamination to occur is through improperly cleaned equipment. After every procedure, you should thoroughly clean and sterilize equipment, especially when you’re using the same equipment for different products and components.
Employee Apparel and Health
You must hold your employees responsible to keep cross contamination at bay. They should wear the proper protective apparel—including lab coats and gowns, masks, eye protection, gloves, hair and beard covers, and shoe covers—to avoid contamination with outside particles. Your employees should also put on new gloves when they have touched something other than the equipment, such as a door handle.
Employee health also plays a role in cross contamination. All employees should be healthy to eliminate the risks of spreading bacteria throughout the lab.
Training and Quality Control
Another way to avoid cross contamination in pharmaceuticals is through proper training and quality control. Host frequent seminars and training sessions with your employees to reiterate good manufacturing practices (GMP). Creating a quality control team to carefully examine each process and product for inaccuracies will also minimize any cross contamination.
Lastly, any manufacturing should be done in a well-maintained and sanitized facility. For example, an ISO Class 7 cleanroom provides one of the highest levels of clean air. For a drug that may become contaminated by dust or airborne pathogens from another product development, a cleanroom will eliminate the risk of this contamination.