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COMPOUNDING PHARMACY VS REGULAR PHARMACY

More and more Australians are using compounding pharmacies for their prescription medicines.

The advantages quickly become obvious when you start looking into what a compounding pharmacy offers.

So, what are the differences between a compound pharmacy vs regular pharmacy and what is the whole retail pharmacy debate about?

Essentially the differences boil down to:

  • What’s in your medicine
  • Who makes them and where they’re made
  • Your freedom to make choices

But are compounding pharmacies as safe as regular retail pharmacies?

Yes.

Both compounding pharmacies and retail pharmacies must be licensed to operate and must follow all the same Australian and State pharmacy regulations as established by the Pharmacy Council of NSW, The Pharmacy Board of Australia, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and others.

Compounding pharmacies must also abide by additional regulations governing tracking of source ingredients and maintain detailed records of regular approved independent laboratory testing for product purity and safety and others.

Both compounding pharmacies and retail pharmacies can sell you prescription medications if you have a doctor’s prescription.

RETAIL PHARMACY

But a regular retail pharmacy can only sell standard mass produced medications or commercially available medications.

COMPOUNDING PHARMACIES

A compounding pharmacy can make up individual customised medications with standardised dosages or custom doses.

WHAT’S IN YOUR MEDICINE?

Most commercially available medications are made in large factories overseas using standardised dosages and ingredients.

These mass produced regular medications need to have artificial preservatives, colours and enhancers added to cope with the lengthy shipping times, time spent in warehouse storage as well as on the shelf in a regular pharmacy.

Most commercially available medications are made in large factories overseas using standardised dosages and ingredients.

These mass produced regular medications need to have artificial preservatives, colours and enhancers added to cope with the lengthy shipping times, time spent in warehouse storage as well as on the shelf in a regular pharmacy.

COMPOUNDED MEDICATIONS

Compounded medicines don’t require these artificial additives because a compounding pharmacist will create medications fresh on the day.

It’s the same medication made using the same raw ingredients.

Compounded medications provide the same dose of the active chemicals just without the added preservatives, artificial flavours and enhancers.

Also, some people with allergies are sensitive to these added ingredients.

They don’t have any impact on the effectiveness of any medication that you’re taking so if you don’t need them why include them.

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WHO MAKES THEM AND WHERE ARE THEY MADE?

Your local, Australian registered compounding pharmacist will make your compounded medicines whereas regular commercial medications are usually made overseas in large factories, typically in countries such as China or India.

In many areas, the traditional retail pharmacy is being replaced by large warehouse type pharmacies.

They sell the mass produced medications but increasingly Australians want more than that. It’s all part of debate around the role of the retail pharmacy.

With compounding pharmacies, you get the benefit of the personal touch.

You can talk to the person who is making up your compounded medication; ask questions about changing the form or dosage or adding different flavours, and even perhaps discuss some side effects that you might have noticed.

FREEDOM TO MAKE CHOICES

One of the greatest advantages of a compounding pharmacy versus a traditional pharmacy is the amount of choice customised medications offer you.

Sometimes, regular commercial drugs are discontinued and taken off the market because they’re no longer profitable.  

Or sometimes medicines are simply in short supply worldwide. This can cause serious interruptions to your treatment programme or you might even have to consider alternative drugs.

But there is another choice: compounding pharmacies can make up otherwise unobtainable or discontinued medications for you, based on your doctor’s prescription. It’s the exact same dosage as you’re used to with the commercially available medications.

Customised medications also give you freedom of choice when it comes to flavours. Some patients find particular flavours easier to swallow.

When can offer a wide range of tasty flavours to make your medications easier to swallow. Or it might be that you’re struggling with the tablets, either to swallow them or break them up (if you need to take half a tablet for example).

Compounding pharmacists can alter the form (create an oral medication, liquid form or cream version of a tablet) provided your doctor agrees. Often we can also combine drugs to make taking multiple medications easier.

Basically, everything a regular pharmacy can do, we can do and more. And we can deliver your compounded medication to your area. Make us the local pharmacy of your choice.

And don’t forget, we also do compounding medication for pets and vets. The range of commercially available medications for animals is fairly limited in Australia.

Compounding medications for your animals gives you and your vet more treatment options.

Talk to us about how we can help you, your family and your pets.

DO YOU OFFER ONLINE SERVICES?

Yes, you can upload your prescription online, and we have an online shop where you can purchase many medications and a wide range of non-prescription products.

You can take advantage of our Covid-19 safe express pickup service or Australia-wide delivery with same day postage.

We can also arrange delivery to a traditional pharmacy practice if that’s easier for you.

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