Surfers Paradise ChemPro is a leading compounding pharmacy which services the Gold Coast.
Our pharmacists are experts when it comes to creating personalised medications for our patients.
Compounded medication is tailor made specifically for the patient's individual requirements which has proven to result in longer lasting outcomes and less side effects.
What is Compounding?
Compounding has been part of healthcare since the early days of pharmacy. In the compounding process, our specially trained pharmacists create customised medications by mixing individual ingredients in the exact strength and dosage that our patient requires, as requested by their doctor.
We can even create specialist medication from scratch that:
- is not available in Australia;
- is no longer being produced;
- has been discontinued.
Why Use Compounded Medication?
As a compounding chemist, we create compounded medication that is personalised for you, which enables us to leave out ingredients that may cause you an allergic reaction such as lactose, preservatives, dyes, gluten and sugar which are commonly found in mass produced medications.
Change How Medication Is Applied Or Ingested
We can compound medications into various other forms/applications for the patients that require it. For example, if a patient has difficulty swallowing, they may find it easier to ingest their medication as a flavoured liquid.
Flavouring can also make unpleasant tasting medications easier to ingest and it won't compromise the medications effectiveness.
Some medications can also be compounded into an oitment or gel that can be applied and absorbed through the skin.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Compounding benefit me?
Compounded medication can benefit almost anyone and there are many reasons that a doctor and pharmacist may opt for compounded medication for your treatment such as:
- you are unable to tolerate the commercially made medication;
- the current excipients in commercially made drugs are not suited to you;
- the strength of the dosage that you require is not available;
- the drug is no longer made in Australia so it needs to be custom made for you.
In many cases, it has been proven that compunded medications can produce better results with less side effects.
Do I need a Prescription for compounded medication?
For all Scheduled (S4) medication you will need a prescription. If you are unsure about this, contact us and we will advise you on what to do.
Is Compounding Legal?
The Australian Pharmacy Board and Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has stated that compounded prescriptions are both ethical and legal.
This is as long as they are prescribed by a licensed practitioner for a specific patient and have been crafted in a Compounding Laboratory that is registered and accredited through the Professional Compounding Chemists of Australia.
Is Compounding Safe?
Compunding medications is extremely safe. It is important to note that compounding has been commonplace in healthcare since the beginnings of pharmacy and is still widely used today.
Thanks to rapid advances in technology, quality control and research methodology over the last few decades, compounding has become even safer and even more popular.
How do I know my compounded medicine is high quality?
We pride ourselves on our expertise in the compounding field. Our compounding medication technicians use only the highest quality materials available and we are fully compliant with all of the compounding practise standards.
All preparations must meet our comprehensive Quality Assurance standards which gives peace of mind to our prescribers and patients.
Will my health insurance cover compounded medication?
Some health insurance funds will cover you for part of the cost of compounded medicines. Ensure that you should contact your health insurer directly to discuss this.
For further information or any questions you may have about compounding medications, please call us on (07) 5561 0340 or get in touch.