Forum: Is compounding properly regulated?

“Of course it’s not properly regulated. Pharmacy overall is not properly regulated. Pharmacy regulation consists of low-hanging fruit, and the odd high-profile case once someone commits a serious crime.
Justification for my view: ownership. Last time I looked, the Victorian law still said 5 pharmacies. I’m waiting for the investigation to commence….Perhaps one day we’ll have a Royal Commission……waiting…”

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  1. Michael Buckley

    Even the compounding industry knows that it’s not properly regulated. In April 2016 the US Endocrine Society released a Position Statement published in JCEM on the Compounding of Bioidentical Hormones. This Position Statement has since been adopted by the International Menopause Society, The Australasian Menopause Society and the Endocrine Society of Australia. Where FDA appears the letters TGA can well be substituted as the situation in Australia is no different. Many Australian compounders show blatant disregard for the Pharmacy Board of Australia’s Guidelines on the Dispensing of Compounded Medicines released in March 2015 especially for Guideline number 2 in relation to the dispensing of a compounded product when a commercially available product is available. With Notifications before the Pharmacy Board of Australia and now a compounding pharmacy case before the courts it is high time the “compounding industry” placed patient safety and professional standards ahead of commercial motivation. Michael Buckley, Medical Director and pharmacist Lawley Pharmaceuticals.

    • Hugh

      At least you declared your vested interest here – that if pharmacies no longer compound anything, companies like yours will have a monopoly – and charge accordingly.

    • Ewan

      No-one appears to be challenging the fanciful notion that factories compound better than pharmacies. They don’t. Remember the ‘Pan Pharmaceuticals’ disaster ten years ago? Dozens of Pan products were withdrawn from the market; some had hundreds of the times the labelled concentration of the active ingredient in them. So don’t talk down to me, a pharmacist, about how good factories are relative to pharmacies. Because when it goes wrong at a factory, it goes wrong in a very big way. Just look at all the product withdrawal faxes that come into the pharmacy. The manufacturers offer bland reasons for the withdrawal, such as ‘product leaflet’ or ‘possible batch discolouration’. My guess is that these bland reasons are often spin, and that there is more to it than they are letting on. Time the factories were call out for their numerous stuff-ups, especially since they are using the idea of ‘factory perfection’ to take what is left of compounding, from community pharmacies.

  2. Aaron

    Let’s just make everything in a factory then. That way, the various governments will be more easily to eliminate pharmacy, pharmacies and pharmacists entirely. Roll on the ‘stick a coin in’ pharmacy S4 vending machine.

  3. Jack

    If the governing bodies can regulate pharmacy out of existence, they won’t have to lose sleep at night trying to think of ways to stop pharmacy being a menace to the public. Problem solved.

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