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 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
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
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
If you’ve been researching a solution for hair loss, you may have come across a medication that was originally developed to treat high blood pressure, sometimes called hypertension. It works well in the treatment of this condition however doctors soon noticed that people taking this medication experienced an increase in the growth of body hair
Administering medication to our pets is never an easy task. Our inability to break through the language barrier and communicate the importance of medication makes ‘pill-time’ a stressful time for humans and animals alike. They have no idea what we’re doing and we have no idea how to explain our decidedly odd behaviour to them.
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
Australians are good at many things, but the thing we do best is pull together when times are tough. We’ve been inspired over recent days by the amazing acts of generosity shown by everyday local people to those affected by bushfires in the Gold Coast Hinterland – just west of where National Custom Compounding is
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
Ever wondered why some people respond well to a course of medication, while others hardly respond at all? It may have to do with the different levels of medication-munching microbes lurking in our guts, according to a new body of research. Scientists from Harvard University and University of California San Francisco have just released results