O’Hara’s Pharmacy compounding the solutions

O’Hara’s Pharmacy compounding the solutions

O’HARA’S Pharmacy, at 39 Haynes Street in Kalamunda, is now offering a full compounding service for you and your pets.

Compounding is the art and science of creating personalised medicine and products that are not available in pre-made or proprietary forms.

It is a great option to explore for people who have allergies common to mass-produced medicine fillers such as casein, gluten and dyes.

It’s also an option for those are not taking medication as prescribed due to unpleasant side-effects or lack of improvement, need custom medicine strengths and dosage forms like creams or suppositories, or children who cannot swallow pills.

Compounding pharmacies use special flavourings, unique dosage forms and innovative delivery methods, working with prescribers to fill a gap in health care through customised solutions for specific patient needs.

For patients, compounding can be life-changing, even lifesaving, and it is highly rewarding for compounding pharmacists and practitioners, helping them solve some of health care’s toughest challenges.

Using up-to-date facilities in O’Hara’s Pharmacy’s new compounding room, pharmacists Matthew, Andrew, Ryan and Graham can work with your doctor, vet, podiatrist, physiotherapist or naturopath to create tailored preparations for you or your dog, cat, horse or even your pet goldfish.

A disease like atopic dermatitis (AD) in veterinary patients can often be helped via compounding.

Atopic dermatitis is an inflammatory, pruritic allergic skin disease characterised by a hypersensitivity reaction of the skin to causative agents found in the environment of the animal.

These “triggers,” or allergens, can be present in the air, in the case of dust and pollen, food or grooming products, similar to the triggers found in human patients.

Results from allergic reactions can lead to red, itchy, irritated skin that often further develops into open sores (hot spots and granulomas) and frequently progresses to infection.

Cost and manufacturer back-orders can be major reasons why owners may not initiate or comply with the use of commonly prescribed medications.

Barriers to oral administration, such as biting, clawing, scratching or hiding, can also be an issue with the administration of medications.

Fortunately, as compounding pharmacists, Matthew and Andrew can offer the option of formulating prescribed medications in various dosage forms and strengths.

Haynes St Pharmacy Kalamunda (formerly Friendlies Chemist Kalamunda) and O’Hara’s Pharmacy have been locally owned by Graham and Matthew since 2012, forming a partnership with Andrew in 2015.

Now open seven days, two pharmacists are on duty at O’Hara’s Pharmacy most of the week so you have access to advice when you need it.

Haynes St Pharmacy Kalamunda also has extended hours, open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, and Saturday, 9am-1pm.

Andrew and Matthew are accredited compounding pharmacists with the Professional Compounding Centres of Australia (PCCA).

PCCA provides high-quality products, education and support to pharmacy members throughout Australia and upholds The PCCA Standard, helping to give patients reproducible results and the best clinical outcomes possible.

For more information, visit www.phcpharmacy.com.au or call 9293 1412.