Pharmacy-first for region
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.