Are multi-user warehouse dispensing hubs the future of pharmacy?

News came out last week that the U.K. government will soon allow community pharmacies to ‘outsource’ their dispensing services to large warehouse-style ‘hub’ pharmacies. New legislation has been introduced to British parliament that would allow pharmaceutical wholesalers to develop “new large-scale hub facilities” and for small local-area pharmacies to tap into the economies of scale 

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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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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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Compounded medication is about to get even safer

The world’s leading authority on safety in drug manufacturing, United States Pharmacopeia (USP), has announced that this year they will be updating their standards for the compounding of medications in traditional compounding pharmacies. Specialist pharmacist Matthew Bellgrove from National Custom Compounding welcomed the news saying it would help to build trust in the sector. “Anything 

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FDA throws support behind compounding pharmacies in response to potential drug shortages

In a move that will have ramifications in Australia and around the world, the U.S. government’s Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is introducing changes which may significantly reduce the number and duration of pharmaceutical drug shortages. Matthew Bellgrove, Director of National Custom Compounding on the Gold Coast welcomed the changes, which will remove some of the 

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