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Diphenylcyclopropenone Safe Handling

  • 1.  Diphenylcyclopropenone Safe Handling

    Posted 08-13-2019 05:41
    Dear Oncology Nurses
    Diphenylcyclopropenone (DPCP) is a topical immunotherapy and considered the most effective treatment for alopecia however safe handling of this drug is a worry it's not clearly stated in NIOSH 2016 list

    I've been looking resources in safety guidelines of handling and administering this product
    Every resource I found consider Diphenylcyclopropenone as Hazardous, with reference to Occupational Safety and Health, administrative controls include; personal protective equipment (e.g., respirators, gloves and protective gown)
    The only clearly published guideline, that clearly addressed pregnancy/ breastfeeding employees, was published in 2000, stated that
    "Do not handle if you are pregnant, are likely to become pregnant or are breastfeeding" regardless the strength ordered, that may include 0.001 %, 0.01 %, 0.05%, 0.1 % up to 2%

    What is the guideline in your facility, kindly share

    References attached

    Thank you 

    Tahani Dweikat RN, BSN, EMHCA, OCN®
    Clinical Resource Nurse Oncology/Hematology
    United Arab Emirates, Dubai