Do we still need compounding pharmacies in today’s modern world?

Compounding pharmacies are often referred to as ‘old-fashioned’ pharmacies; sometimes with reverence, and sometimes with a sigh. The term comes up because there was a time when all pharmacies were compounding pharmacies. Medications were made on site in the dispensary using the raw ingredients stipulated on a doctor’s script. With the advent of mass- manufacturing 

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Should we be worried about parabens in medicine?

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 

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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. 

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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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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 

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