Compounding a growing issue

Compounding: an emerging opportunity

The Pharmacy Council of NSW says it has dealt with a growing number of complaints relating to compounded preparations in the last few years

As a result, it has opened a public consultation regarding premises and equipment guidance for non-sterile complex compounding

It is seeking feedback on its draft guidance on the subject.

“The guidance has been developed by the Council as a resource for pharmacists involved in non-sterile complex compounding activities,” it says.

“It is intended to provide premises and equipment guidance for New South Wales pharmacies where non-sterile complex compounding activities are conducted.”

The Council is looking for answers to a number of questions, including whether the draft guidance is easy to follow and appropriate; whether its purpose and scope is clear; and feedback on content.

“As a growing area of concern, the Council is working to provide practical guidance to New South Wales pharmacists to support improved pharmacy practices in compounding.

“This work is designed to complement existing legislation and publications such as the Pharmacy

Board of Australia’s Guidelines on compounding of medicines and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook.

“The Council also acknowledges

existing guidelines published by the Victorian Pharmacy Authority with respect to compounding.Pharmacists are reminded that compounded preparations should only be prepared in certain circumstances.

“The Pharmacy Board of Australia’s

Guidelines on compounding of medicines states that ‘the compounding of a medicine (whether prescribed or not) that would be a close formulation to an available and suitable commercial product, and would not be likely to produce a different therapeutic outcome to the commercial product, should not take place’.”

Feedback is welcome via by close of business Friday, 12 April 2019.

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