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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin August 2010
9 AUGUST 2010 COMPOUNDING FOR DENTISTRY-FLUORIDE DROPS Compounding is the preparation of medicines for the specific needs of a patient and is a traditional role of pharmacists. It may involve preparation of a medicine from the pure pharmaceutical grade ingredients or using a commercially manufactured product as the starting point. In Australia, therapeutic goods must be registered by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). However, medicines prepared by a pharmacist for a specific patient are exempt from this requirement. Although compounded medicines are required less often now as more commercially manufactured products have become available, there are still many reasons a patient may need a compounded medicine. Some reasons include: • The manufacturer discontinues production or sale of a product. • The required medicine is unavailable. • A different dose or dosage form is needed. • The patient is allergic or sensitive to one of the ingredients in a medicine. • The patient dislikes the taste of a medicine. Although all pharmacists learn basic compounding skills at university, some pharmacists have chosen to specialize in the practice of compounding. The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and the Pharmacy Board of Australia have standards for compounding that pharmacists are required to meet when compounding medicines. By specializing in compounding, pharmacists are able to invest in the ingredients, equipment, facilities, training and processes required to prepare quality medicines. One example of a product that is no longer available is fluoride drops or capsules for protection against tooth decay. Although fluoridated water is available in most areas in Australia, in areas without fluoridation, fluoride drops or capsules may be required. A compounding pharmacist is able to prepare sodium fluoride oral drops or capsules on the advice of your dentist. The drops or capsules can then be added to water to be used for domestic consumption. PCCA Pty Ltd (PCCA) is licensed by the TGA to supply ingredients for compounding to pharmacists. PCCA also provides training and technical support to member compounding pharmacies. For your nearest PCCA compounding pharmacy call 1300 722 269 or go to www.pccarx.com.au Jenny Giam Professional Compounding Chemists of Australia Pty Ltd PCCA is endorsed by The Pharmacy Guild of Australia latest news AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS (ABS) HEALTH CARE SERVICES SURVEY 2009-10 The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is planning to conduct a survey of selected health care services industries in August 2010 and will seek data in respect of the 2009-10 financial year. Results from the 2009-10 Health Care Services Survey will provide key financial and activity measures on health care services in Australia and be used by government and industry analysts to address policy issues relating to the health care services sector. Data from this survey are expected to be available in mid 2011 and will be available free-of-charge on the web. The major objectives of the survey are to: • collect financial, employment and activity data necessary to measure the size and structure of selected health care services industries; • produce industry performance ratios and measures which will enable comparisons with other industries; • provide measures of service delivery within selected areas of the health care services sector; and • produce updated benchmarks for statistical use, in particular Australia's national accounts. The survey questionnaire will be despatched in August 2010 to a representative sample of organizations in the non-government sector (including for-profit and not-for-profit organizations) involved in the provision of health care services. These services include: medical services; pathology and diagnostic imaging services; allied health services; and other health care services. The information sought is collected under the authority of the Census and Statistics Act and remains confidential to ABS. Survey data will be released in aggregate form to ensure that details of individual contributors cannot be identified. ABS greatly appreciates the time and effort required to make an effective contribution to this survey. Linda Richmond Annual Integrated Collection (AIC) Australian Bureau of Statistics Further information on the survey can be obtained by contacting Sean Crick, Assistant Director, Annual Integrated Collections, ABS Victoria. Ph: 03 9615 7583.
ADA News Bulletin September 2010