With the Covid pandemic shining the spotlight on gaps in Australia’s pharmaceutical supply chain, a logistics and economics think-tank is calling on the government to compel drug manufacturers to disclose the country of origin of all active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) in their products. Logistics expert, John Blackburn, Chair of the Institute of Integrated Economics Research
The Covid-19 crisis has taken Australia’s pharmacy sector on a roller coaster ride in recent months with no one able to say for sure what the future of the industry will look like. However what is almost certain is that pharmacy will not simply go ‘back to normal’ once the coronavirus pandemic is declared contained.
Over 50 drugs are about to hit the unavailable medicines list in Australia, joining 493 names already on the TGA’s hard-to-get drugs register. Is your pharmacy prepared for the increase in compounding scripts? While some doctors still resort to alternative medications during drug shortages, increasingly medical practitioners are turning to reputable compounding pharmacies, like National
Drug authorities overseas have reportedly found an impurity called N?nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in some samples of ranitidine, a medication used to treat ulcers and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) caused by stomach acid. Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is currently working with international regulators to investigate the issue and is testing batches of Australian ranitidine to determine
What do you do when your hospital pharmacy can’t fill a script? I don’t mean your computers have gone down, I mean supplies of the medication requested have run dry. Not just at your pharmacy and not just in your city or town, but right across the country. Do you have a back-up plan? The
According to NPS Medicine Wise Australia accounts for only 2 per cent of the pharmaceutical sector’s global market and we import more than 90 per cent of our medicines from overseas. In light of the increasing incidence of global drug shortages, affecting even giant markets like the U.S., should we be worried? In September of
For many years Lyme disease was thought only to exist in the United States however evidence is now mounting that the debilitating disease is infecting people right here in Australia. In 2012, the Lyme Disease Association of Australia reported that over 200 people in Australia had tested positive for Lyme disease with the majority of