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Compounding Pharmacy Residues
Published: August 2, 2022

Q: What can you recommend for cleaning glassware used in a compounding pharmacy?

A: For cleaning related to general compounding pharmacy residues via a washer, we would look to the same low foaming detergents used in pharmaceutical CIP systems as laid out here: 

In short, if your washer takes a powder detergent (cup-in-door) or liquid dispensing system, we would go with  Alcojet® Low-Foaming Powdered Detergent or Solujet® Low-Foaming Phosphate-Free Liquid, respectively.  Then Citrajet® Low-Foam Liquid Acid Cleaner/Rinse for any acid rinse cycle.  

Note that there are some compounding pharmacy residues that are acid labile (certain tablet coatings, inorganic active ingredients) which are best served by acidic detergents like the aforementioned Citrajet cleaner.

For manual or clean out of place of these residues (scrubbing, soaking, sonication) we would look to Alconox® Powdered Precision Cleaner and Liquinox® Critical Cleaning Liquid Detergent, depending on the preference for powdered or liquid concentrates, respectively. For the inorganic residues mentioned, Citranox® Liquid Acid Cleaner and Detergent would be the answer.

Whether it is cleaning out of place, or via a washer, we can get your compounding pharmacy residues removed and your glassware and equipment critically clean!

To request any Alconox Inc. detergents for free, please complete the questionnaire at Get Sample. For more information about any one of our Alconox Inc. detergents, consult the technical bulletin for each product. Or click here to access each of our detergent’s Safety Data Sheets.

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