Q: Does my doctor know about compounding?
Prescription compounding is a rapidly growing component of many physicians' practices, but in today's world of aggressive marketing by drug manufacturers, some may not realize the extent of compounding's resurgence in recent years. Ask your physician about compounding, then get in touch with Your Solution Compounding Pharmacy - We are committed to providing high-quality compounded medications in the exact dosage form and strength determined by your prescriber.
Through the triad relationship of patient, prescriber and pharmacist, the three can work together to solve unique medical problems in the most effective and productive way.
Q: Is compounding legal? Is it safe?
Compounding has been part of healthcare since the origins of pharmacy and is widely used today in all areas of the industry, from hospitals to nuclear medicine. Over the past decade, compounding's resurgence has largely benefited from advances in technology, quality control and research methodology. The Australian Pharmacy Board has stated that compounded prescriptions are both ethical and legal, as long as they are prescribed by a licensed practitioner for a specific patient, and compounded by a licensed pharmacy such as Your Solution Compounding Pharmacy.
Q: Will my compounded medication be covered by PBS?
No, compounded medications are not listed on the PBS like most manufactured products and will not be covered by the government. Most of the compounded preparations will be covered by you private health fund. We suggest that you check with your private health fund to ensure that your compounded medication will be covered by them.
Q: Is compounding expensive?
Compounding may or may not cost more than a conventional medication. Its cost depends on the type of dosage form and equipment required, plus the time spent researching and preparing the medication. It also depends on the cost of the raw ingredients necessary to prepare the compound.
Q: Which kinds of prescriptions can be compounded?
Almost any kind. Compounded prescriptions are ideal for any patient requiring unique dosages and/or delivery devices, which may be in the form of solutions, suppositories, sprays, oral rinses, lollipops and even as transdermal sticks. Compounding applications include, but certainly are not limited to: Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Veterinary, Hospice, Paediatric, Ophthalmic, Dental, Otic (for the ear), Dermatology, Medication Flavoring, Chronic Pain Management, Neuropathies, Sports Medicine, Infertility, Wound Therapy, Podiatry and Gastroenterology solutions.
Q: Could my child (or my elderly parent) take compounded medication?
Yes. Children and the elderly are often the types of patients who benefit most from compounding. Many times parents have a tough time getting their children to take medicine because of the taste. A compounding pharmacist works directly with the physician and the patient to select a flavoring agent, such as vanilla butternut or tutti frutti, which provides both an appropriate match for the medication's properties and the patient's taste preferences.
Compounding pharmacists can also help patients who are experiencing chronic pain. For example, some arthritic patients cannot take certain medications due to gastrointestinal side effects. Working with the physician's prescription, a compounding pharmacist will provide a topical preparation with the anti-inflammatory or analgesic their doctor has prescribed. Compounded prescriptions are often used for pain management in hospital care.
Q: Where do I find a doctor in my area that specialises in specific conditions eg: Wilson's Thyroid Syndrome, hormone replacement or Glutathione?
Your Solution Compounding Pharmacy has several referral lists of physicians available to patients. The easiest way for you to find a physician in your area that specializes in certain health-related fields is to get in touch with us on the Contact Us page on our website. Once you fill out the physician request form and submit it to us, you will be contacted with a list of relevant physicians in your area.
Q: Do I Need a Prescription for my Compounded Medication?
For all scheduled medication you would need a prescription for you compound. If you are not sure if your medication is scheduled, please contact us.
Q: Who makes my compounded product?
We have a team of comprehensively trained compounding technicians and pharmacists who prepare and compound all of our orders, either in the TGA Grade B Sterile Facility which is pressure, temperature and humidity controlled, as well as equipped with state-of-the-art Class 100 laminar flow hoods, or in the main compounding area of our lab.
Q: Why do I have to wait for my compounded product to be made?
Your compounding order is made especially to suit your needs, and it is compounded from the raw active ingredient by one of our compounding technicians. Most of the steps taken to prepare your medication involve a lot of time-consuming steps. Powders have to be mixed and ground by hand, using a mortar and pestle, everything is meticulously weighed, checked and triple checked by the Pharmacist. Occaionally an ingredient may have to be ordered in.
This all ensures you get the item freshly prepared with the longest expiry period possible. Unfortunately it also means that you may sometimes have to wait 24 hours before your compounded product is ready.
Q: How do I know if my compounding medication will interact with any other prescription medication or supplements that I am taking?
Generally, you will have made your doctor aware of any other prescription or complementary medicines that you are taking at the time of your consultation, thus your doctor will have an idea if any of them will interact with your compounding medication. When we take your order though, we will ask you if you have any allergies or medical conditions. This is when you need to tell us if you are allergic to anything (including food allergies, dust mites and so on), and whether you are on any other medications, or have any medical conditions.
These questions are similar to what you would be asked in a community pharmacy by your pharmacist. The Pharmacist can then check any interactions that may exist with your current medications and your new ones.
Q: Are there side effects when taking compounding medication?
With ANY medication or supplement (compounded or not), there is always the chance that you will react with it, or experience a side effect. You may experience a reaction (e.g. skin rash) that the last 100 people on the same medication have never had.
However, it is very unlikely that you will experience any side effects from your compounded medication as we use the raw active ingredient and minimum amounts of fillers and binders. If you observe anything out of the ordinary after taking your compounding medication, please do not hesitate to contact our pharmacy, in order that one of our pharmacists may discuss it with you.
Q: Why can't my local pharmacy make up my compounding prescription?
Most of the local pharmacies do not have the necessary training, time, equipment or staff available to manage the special demands needed for compounding. At Your Solution Compounding Pharmacy we have a team of very dedicated and highly trained staff and state of the art equipment to provide the best quality compounding service.
Q: What is Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy? (BHRT)
Bio-Identical hormones are hormones that are the same structure as the hormones the body produces. This means that when it enters the body it acts exactly the same as the human derived hormones. These natural bio-identical hormones are derived from plant sources eg. Wild Yam or Soybeans. The drug is extracted and then converted to bio-identical Progesterone, Estrogen, Testosterone or DHEA.
It is very important to tailor the dose to be correct. As all humans are different, it is very important to make sure that your body is comfortable with the dose of hormones given. Your doctor will probably do a test to determine your hormone levels and tailor your dose accordingly.
Q: How do I fill my new prescription?
It's easy: just send us your prescription! There are a few ways to do that:
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1/6 205 Leitchs Rd
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