The problem of administering medicine to newborn babies – and the practical solution

Accurately diagnosing illness in very young babies is not an easy business. Due to their young age, infants are not able to describe their symptoms or tell the physician where it hurts. They simply cry – usually at decibels that could drown out a jet engine – and leave the detective work up to you. […]

Cases of rotavirus on the rise

Australian health officials are reminding people to practice good personal hygiene after a spike in reported cases of the gastrointestinal bug, rotavirus, in New South Wales. 1300 cases of the highly-infectious rotavirus have been recorded in the state this year alone, representing a 5-year high. Health officials are currently investigating the reasons behind the dramatic […]

Encouraging patients to stick to the plan

According to a World Health Organisation report ¹ around half of all patients with a chronic disease, do not follow the treatment prescribed by their doctor. It’s a big statistic and one that is of concern to all health professionals. While most patients will commit to a short course developed in consultation with their doctor, […]

When do additives in medicine become a problem?

When a patient experiences an adverse reaction to their medication it can be a difficult task to pinpoint the cause.  What part might preservatives, binding agents and other additives (excipients) play? In an article published in the UK’s Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s publication, The Pharmaceutical Journal, Simon Wills from Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust outlines some […]

Are vitamins facing stricter regulation by the TGA?

Are vitamins facing stricter regulation by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), as reported in some media outlets? The answer, thankfully, is no. To most people outside the health sector, the idea of regulating vitamins, in the same way we do prescription medication, seems like another case of bureaucratic over-reach. So what’s behind the media reports? […]

Why medicines become unavailable and what to do about it.

Has your medication been taken off the market? For anyone managing a chronic health condition or protracted illness, the thought of a drug manufacturer discontinuing their medication is not a cheery one. Patients often go through a lengthy process of ‘trial and error’ to find a medication regime that works for them – to start […]

Tacrolimus – Skin Conditions

Tacrolimus in Australia is only available commercially as an oral dosage form used to decrease the activity of the immune system to prevent rejection of transplanted organs. The drug can be obtained in its pure form by compounding pharmacists and made into an ointment on prescription for the management of eczema. Tacrolimus, is a type […]

What is Compounding Pharmacy: Meeting Patients’ Needs

How do Compounding pharmacists help patients? There is a whole host of opportunities for our pharmacists to assist you needs and some may include – Enhance patient compliance (taste, size, appearance, dosage forms) Provide medications not commercially manufactured Provide medications in short supply or not available Provide medications in different strengths if not available Provide […]