Parabens are used in many medications as a preservative. They’re also used in many cosmetics, skin care products and processed foods for the same reason. And they do a top notch job. They’re tasteless, odourless, colourless, they don’t react to chemicals they come in contact with, and they’re cheap. Without them, medicines, foods and other
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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