Compounding for Naturopaths

Naturopathic compounding regulations and how compounding pharmacies can be extremely beneficial for patient health.


Name: Christopher deLisle Hammond

Compounding Pharmacist

B.Pharm. Sci. , Master of Pharmacy

Due to the individualised philosophy of naturopaths they prescribe individual herbal formulations for their patients. In practice, this means that the majority of naturopathy consultations result in the extemporaneous compounding of a prescription. Naturopaths using herbal medicines predominately prescribe fluid extracts (which use a mixture of water and ethanol as the solvent, extracting using a process of maceration or cold percolation). The second most common prescription by naturopaths who use herbal medicine are herbal teas – that is combinations of dried herb material to be used by the patient to make tea. In the case of herbal teas, the mixing of different herb material for therapeutic purposes constitutes extemporaneous compounding. While herbal medicines are most commonly prescribed for internal use, a small percentage of herbal prescriptions by herbalists are for other traditional forms of herbal application, including extemporaneously compounded creams and poultices. Naturopaths are limited in their prescriptions by the Poisons Standard 2012; unlike pharmacists they cannot extemporaneously compound or dispense any substance included in Schedule 2, 3, or 4 of this Standard. What this means is that medicines prescribed by naturopaths are of a low risk nature. The use of compounding pharmacies to help a naturopathic practitioner prescribe schedule 2 and 3 compounds can be extremely beneficial for practices.

Biography

Jack completed his Masters of Pharmacy at Griffith University on the Gold Coast in 2006, and it was during the course of his study that he developed an interest in compounding medicines. He completed his pre-registration year in a compounding pharmacy and in 2007, went on to manage Broadbeach Pharmacy.

Jack has completed the Professional Compounding Chemists of Australia (PCCA) courses in Pharmacist training, Veterinary compounding, and Nutritional Compounding courses. In 2011, he was invited to speak at the ACCP conference and educated fellow pharmacists on the topic of ‘Setting Up A Successful Compounding Lab’.

In 2009, Jack purchased Broadbeach Amcal Chempro Compounding Chemist, and expanded the business through excellence in marketing and customer service. Jack regularly speaks at seminars for hormone replacement, weight loss and compounding. He also liaises with doctors, naturopaths and veterinarians to ensure the most appropriate compounded formulations and preparations are prescribed. Jack is extremely well educated in Natural Medicines and regularly consults all Natural Medicine practitioners regarding formulations and business options. He now owns one of Australia’s largest compounding only chemists ACPHARM, a 250 square meter laboratory with 4 separate rooms for specific compounding.

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