Re: [Histonet] Expired antibodies...for immunos..
|From:||"Markus F. Meyenhofer" |
The same goes for lab chemicals! Like Sodium Chloride, after millions of
years in the ground, it will expire in a few years! That's when bureaucrats
with no technical ideas and common sense make rules!
Markus F. Meyenhofer
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jan Shivers"
Sent: Friday, April 28, 2006 10:39 AM
Subject: Re: [Histonet] Expired antibodies...for immunos..
> And let us not forget that it's the antibody manufacturers who set these
> expiration dates. Is there an actual science behind determining an
> antibody's 'lifespan', or is it more of a business profit decision? It's
> certainly cost-inefficient for a lab to pay upwards of $500 for an
> antibody which you only use a few times before its expiration date hits,
> yet the doctors/clients want these tests available.
> If we can't change the wording on the rules and regulations in regards to
> using antibodies past their expiration date, despite proof of their
> continued reactivity... then we should encourage the manufacturers to set
> more reasonable expiration dates.... or sell in smaller quantities, as
> Peggy stated below.
> Jan Shivers
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Lee & Peggy Wenk"
> To: ;
> Sent: Friday, April 28, 2006 4:48 AM
> Subject: RE: [Histonet] Expired antibodies...for immunos..
>> JCAHO, CAP, etc. all refer labs back to the CMS (Center for Medicare and
>> Medicaid Services) and HHS (Health and Human Services), which go back to
>> Federal government regulations, as laid out in 42CFR 493 (Code of Federal
>> Regulations - Laboratory Requirements):
>> Specifically, 42CFR 493.1252(d)
>> (1252 = Standard on Tests systems, Equipment, Instruments, Reagents,
>> Materials, and Supplies)
>> (d) = "Reagents, solutions, culture media, control materials, calibration
>> materials, and other supplies must not be used when they have exceeded
>> expiration date, have deteriorated, or are of substandard quality."
>> (Hope the link works.)
>> Sorry, there's no exception for costly IHC or ISH solutions that cost a
>> of money and that we know we can "prove" are still good.
>> The only thing I can see us histotechs doing is persuading the
>> to sell the reagents in smaller quantities. (Which they already have,
>> the years.)
>> Peggy A. Wenk, HTL(ASCP)SLS
>> William Beaumont Hospital
>> Royal Oak, MI 48073
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>> How does JCAHO handle expired antibodies if you have them...and are using
>> Is it ok ....or not??
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