As the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus grows, it’s important to try and understand the disease and its potential impact. Over 4000 cases have been reported globally including 6 confirmed cases in Australia. With each new case experts are gaining greater knowledge of the disease. What are the symptoms? People with the virus might
YAWN… do you wake every day feeling unrefreshed? Do you drag yourself out of bed to ply yourself with coffee in an attempt to kickstart yourself for the day? Well, you are not alone. You are part of the one in three Australians not getting enough sleep* but there is good news 5-HTP can help.
Occasionally we hear a story from overseas, usually the U.S., about a compounding pharmacy supplying unsafe and dangerous medicine to patients. The picture painted is one of a careless compounder (usually unshaven with a comically shifty look in his eyes) brewing up concoctions of variable standards in an unhygienic and poorly controlled back room. The
Compounding pharmacies are often referred to as ‘old-fashioned’ pharmacies; sometimes with reverence, and sometimes with a sigh. The term comes up because there was a time when all pharmacies were compounding pharmacies. Medications were made on site in the dispensary using the raw ingredients stipulated on a doctor’s script. With the advent of mass- manufacturing
Parabens are used in many medications as a preservative. They’re also used in many cosmetics, skin care products and processed foods for the same reason. And they do a top notch job. They’re tasteless, odourless, colourless, they don’t react to chemicals they come in contact with, and they’re cheap. Without them, medicines, foods and other
In our great-grandparent’s day, all pharmacies were compounding pharmacies. If you were sick, you’d visit your local doctor who would write you a script which you’d take to your local pharmacy. The pharmacist would make up your medication, from scratch, on site, using raw ingredients, according to the directions on the script. The large drug
It comes as a surprise to some that compounding pharmacy is one of the most highly regulated industry sectors in the country. All compounding chemists in Australia are directed by the Pharmacy Board of Australia to follow guidelines set out in in the ‘Extemporaneous dispensing’ section of the current edition of the Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary