Mass-produced medications can be like ready-made-meals – they serve a purpose, but are they really the best option for you? If you choose to get your prescriptions filled at a regular pharmacy, then this is often the kind of medication that you’ll be dished up. A compound pharmacy, however, is different. Wondering what the difference is between a regular pharmacy and a compound pharmacy? Here is everything you need to know about what a compound pharmacy is in 2023.
What is a compound pharmacy?
If you haven’t heard of a compound pharmacy before, don’t worry, you’re not alone. The concept of a compound pharmacy has been around for hundreds of years. In fact, back in the day, pretty much all pharmacies were compounding pharmacies. At a compound pharmacy:
- Pharmacists customise your medication as directed by your doctor’s prescription.
- They often use “raw” ingredients sourced directly from approved providers.
- This means prescriptions are made without needing to rely on the normal preservatives and additives that standard mass-produced medications often need to give them shelf life longevity.
When should I visit a compound pharmacy?
There are several reasons why people choose to visit a compound pharmacy over a regular pharmacy:
- If you have an allergy associated with ingredients that are included in over the counter medication (ie. an allergy to gluten, flavours, dyes, etc.)
- If you dislike the taste of your medication
- If you have a difficulty swallowing pills or taking your medication as directed
- If you require a different dose of your medication to what is available “off the shelf”
Are compound pharmacies safe?
Yes, 100%! All compounding chemists and pharmacists in Australia are required to be registered and adhere to strict guidelines as regulated by the Pharmacy Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
For more information, or if you’re looking for a compound pharmacy near you, contact Kiara Pharmacy. Our expert chemists will be able to answer any questions you have regarding compounding pharmacy services and can ensure you make an informed choice when it comes to choosing a solution to your medication needs.