Phar­macy-first for re­gion

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Ac­cess­ing cus­tomised med­i­ca­tion in the Wim­mera is now as easy as gro­cery shop­ping with the in­tro­duc­tion of the re­gion’s only spe­cialised com­pound­ing lab­o­ra­tory.

Peo­ple look­ing for par­tic­u­lar med­i­ca­tions com­mer­cially un­avail­able in Aus­tralia can now ac­cess prod­ucts from Hor­sham Chem­mart Phar­macy’s lab­o­ra­tory.

Hor­sham Chem­mart owner Jossy Dan said the equip­ment al­lowed his phar­macy team to make cus­tomised med­i­ca­tion in capsules, creams and oint­ments.

He said the team could also make spe­cific sup­pos­i­tory and lozenge med­i­ca­tions as well as pes­saries and troches.

“There are many other great ad­van­tages to hav­ing a com­pound­ing lab­o­ra­tory, such as mak­ing cost-ef­fec­tive sin­gle dosage forms that com­bine more than one com­pat­i­ble med­i­ca­tion,” Mr Dan said.

“We can make flavoured med­i­ca­tions to please the palate of chil­dren, adults and even pets and we can also make them free of al­lergy or ir­ri­tant-caus­ing in­gre­di­ents such as dyes, su­gar, lac­tose or al­co­hol.”

Mr Dan said four Hor­sham Chem­mart phar­ma­cists had to com­plete train­ing in Syd­ney to use the lab­o­ra­tory’s spe­cial­ist equip­ment.

“Most phar­ma­cies are able to make some forms of med­i­ca­tion, but the com­pound­ing equip­ment broad­ens our scope enor­mously,” he said.

“Where the av­er­age phar­macy would carry only a hand­ful of in­gre­di­ents, hav­ing the lab means we can stock more than 100 dif­fer­ent in­gre­di­ents.

“If some­one needs med­i­ca­tion that can’t be supplied al­ready for­mu­lated, we have the ex­per­tise to help them. It will also be a big ad­van­tage for peo­ple want­ing med­i­ca­tion that might not nor­mally be stocked due to lim­ited shelf life.”

Mr Dan said vis­it­ing der­ma­tol­o­gists and other spe­cial­ists often needed spe­cific med­i­ca­tions with vary­ing mea­sures of cer­tain in­gre­di­ents.

“Pe­di­a­tri­cians for ex­am­ple, reg­u­larly use the ser­vices of a com­pound­ing lab be­cause for­mu­lated med­i­ca­tions are usu­ally based on adult dosages,” he said.

“The pe­di­a­tri­cian can pre­scribe mix­tures de­signed specif­i­cally for chil­dren and will have the added ad­van­tage of get­ting that med­i­ca­tion flavoured to suit each in­di­vid­ual pa­tient.”

Mr Dan said the spe­cialised com­pound­ing lab­o­ra­tory was an im­por­tant in­vest­ment for the re­gion.

MIX AND MATCH: Hor­sham Chem­mart Phar­macy’s Daniel Palmer pre­pares cus­tomised med­i­ca­tion in the com­pound­ing lab­o­ra­tory.

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