What to say when customers try panic buying medication

Over the past few weeks almost every pharmacy in the country has had customers trying to panic buy medication. Most of these customers are well-meaning, but they’re worried. Worried that shipments of medicine from overseas will abruptly stop, or worried that all the other panic-buyers will have already emptied pharmacy shelves when next they present 

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Why pharmacists are turning to compounders to save their bottom line

With medication shortages on the rise, community pharmacies in Australia are increasingly turning to specialist compounding chemists to help defray the time and expense associated with finding effective medication alternatives for their worried customers. According to a new survey from the Pharmaceutical Group of European Union, last year pharmacists from 82% of countries reported they 

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All you need to know about coronavirus

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 

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Catch more zZZZ with 5-HTP

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. 

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Queensland’s compounded medicine sector envies NSW’s new pharmacy guidelines

Queensland’s compounding pharmacy sector is calling on that state’s Pharmacy Council to follow in the lead of The Pharmacy Council of New South Wales and introduce a comprehensive set of guidelines for Queensland’s compounders. Matthew Bellgrove from National Custom Compounding on the Gold Coast said Queenslanders deserved to have confidence in a pharmacy sector that 

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When medicines run dry, what’s your back up plan?

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 

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220 medications discontinued in the past 18 months

Since the start of 2018, over 220 medications have been discontinued by the manufacturer and taken off the market for reasons other than safety, according to data compiled by the (TGA). In over half of the cases the impact to public health has been assessed as ‘medium’. Matthew Bellgrove from National Custom Compounding said when 

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Demand for compounders set to rise as growing aging population seeks specialised health services

As the big chain-store discount pharmacies grab at greater market share, traditional community pharmacies are increasingly turning to customised services, such as compounded medication, to tap into new ‘seniors’ markets and professionally differentiate themselves from their ‘cheap and cheerful’ big chemist competitors. Matthew Bellgrove from National Custom Compounding said in recent years he has seen 

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