Calls for country of origin to be mandatory on pharmaceutical labelling

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 

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The future of pharmacy in a post Covid Australia

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. 

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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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Compounding and kids – how we can help

There’s no harder time in the life of a parent than when their child is sick. The overwhelming need to comfort them and ‘make it all go away’ is foremost in the mind of the worried Mum or Dad. We want them to get better – fast – and to make the remedy as painless 

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50 new drugs about to hit the unavailable medicines list – are you prepared?

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 

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The Dutch are stockpiling medicines – should we do the same here?

The Dutch government yesterday announced it will begin to stockpile medicines in the face of expected shortages as well as spearhead a drive to restart wholesale manufacturing of drugs in Europe once again. Netherlands’ Minister for Medical Care, Bruno Bruins, made the announcement saying the government would start work on building up 5 months worth 

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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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50% of patients don’t stick to their long term medical treatment plan – why this is a problem for aged care providers

In the aged care environment ensuring patients take all their medication every time is a constant challenge. The World Health Organisation (WHO) in their report ‘Adherence to Long-Term Therapies – Evidence for Action’ claims that in developed countries 50% of patients on long-term treatment plans don’t take their medications as prescribed. These 50% skip their 

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