Drug manufacturer to launch commercial version of ‘natural painkiller’ Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA)

A large U.S. pharmaceutical company is preparing to go to market with a mass-produced commercial version of a natural pain management supplement that compounding pharmacies in Australia have been providing to integrative doctors and their patients for many years – Palmitoylethanolamide, or PEA. In November the drug manufacturer, Gencor, announced it had recently completed a […]

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 […]

WARNING: Herbal supplement caused life-threatening condition in man taking warfarin

People taking the drug warfarin are urgently being reminded to consult with their doctor before taking any herbal or plant-based supplements after a New Zealand man recorded a blood clotting ratio (INR*) 10 times the safe level after taking curcumin. Curcumin is found in turmeric, however CARM is quick to point out that the warning […]

Forgotten pain-killing drug could fill gap in the market left by codeine crackdown

With codeine products no longer available over the counter at Australian chemists from today (1 Feb 2018), the compounding pharmacy sector may have a gentler, non-addictive answer for sufferers of chronic pain. The alternative pain-killing medication has a name that’s enough to cause you some additional pain – Palmitoylethanolamide. In clinical trials, this curious old […]