Health of the elderly at risk from pill-crushing culture in aged care facilities

As many as one in five older patients has difficulty swallowing tablets and capsules (a condition called dysphagia), however the most obvious solution – liquid medicine – is rarely available for the kinds of drugs commonly prescribed for the elderly. This reality has led to many staff at Australian aged-care facilities crushing a patient’s prescribed 

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Could Trump’s latest plan see the price of medicine jump in Australia?

Donald Trump’s plan to bring down the skyrocketing cost of prescription medication in the U.S. has the potential to see prices increase in other parts of the world, according to the President himself. In a speech given at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services late last week, President Trump outlined his plan to 

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Could locally compounded orphan drugs be the solution for families struggling with high costs of medicines?

Gold Coast specialist pharmacist, Matthew Bellgrove is calling on the government to consider modern compounding as part of the solution to the escalating cost of orphan drugs used to treat rare diseases. Mr Bellgrove said taking a fresh new look at the services provided by the Australia’s modern compounding sector could result in significant savings 

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Could you be allergic to the dyes used in your medication?

A recent article in the New York Times has shone the spotlight on a source of allergy that is commonly overlooked by allergy-sufferers, GPs and even allergy specialists – the artificial dyes used in some prescription medications. The article begins with the story of an American woman who was driven half-mad by constant itching that 

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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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NEW STUDY: Nearly a quarter of drugs lost when pills are crushed

Nearly a quarter of a drug can be lost when pills are crushed to allow for easier swallowing according to a new study conducted by a team of pharmacy researchers. The team from the University of Queensland, studied 24 pill-crushing devices commonly used in nursing homes and hospitals for patients who have difficulty swallowing pills. 

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What’s the difference between a compounding pharmacy and a drug manufacturer?

In our great-grandparent’s day, all pharmacies were compounding pharmacies. If you were sick, you’d visit your local doctor who would write you a script which you’d take to your local pharmacy. The pharmacist would make up your medication, from scratch, on site, using raw ingredients, according to the directions on the script. The large drug 

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Aging population driving demand for tailor-made medication

Australia’s health-savvy aging population is driving an increase in demand for personalised medication, with that demand expected to increase over the next 20 years, according to an expert in the field of compounded medication. Gold Coast-based chemist, Matthew Bellgrove, said he’s been tracking a noticeable increase in the number of over-60 patients coming to him 

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