Protection against COVID-19 at ACPHARM
Since the beginning of this unusual health event, ACPHARM has been prepared in a number of ways to:
- Mitigate infection risk among employees.
- Mitigate infection risk for our patients.
- Minimise interruption to supply.
- Meet a number of new requirements caused by shortage.
Mitigating infection risk among employees
As a compounding pharmacy, we are well equipped to handle protocols for reducing infection and transmission risk in our workplace. Hand washing is of course important, as is hand sanitizer – something we can make on the premises to ensure we never run out.
We have reduced face-to-face meetings to only those that are of vital importance, and staff that are able to work from home in their roles are doing so.
Finally, our status as a PCAB-audited Sterile pharmacy means that – unlike other pharmacies – our staff are well-versed in techniques designed to keep our products sterile and safe – skills that are easily transferred to the internal management of COVID-19.
Mitigating infection risk for patients
As we are Australia’s only externally audited sterile compounding pharmacy, we are already well-placed to minimise the infection risk through our normal procedures. Our status as a PCAB-audited facility means that our pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are fully gowned and masked at all times in the compounding lab – thereby drastically minimising the risk of infection being passed between staff and onto patients. No other support staff may enter the laboratories at any time – this limit on who actually has access to the lab and to touching our dispensed products results in far superior safety levels for our patients.
Finally, all incoming air to all of our laboratories is treated by High Efficiency Particulate Absorbing (HEPA) filters, and the air is completely changed over up to 20+ times per hour!
Minimising interruption to supply
It would appear that panic-buying is not limited to toilet paper only – many compounding pharmacies and even wholesalers claiming their shelves have been picked-clean of goods.
ACPHARM has maintained a high-level of raw materials that should be able to see us through this time.
Meeting a number of new requirements caused by shortages
We have been receiving requests for a number of products that are now in shortage and have been working diligently to try and fill those requirements to help do our bit in keeping our patients – and the community – happy.
As Australia’s largest compounding pharmacy, we service nationwide and will continue to do so at this time. Our patients enjoy an added degree of service during a time of social isolation due to our distrubution network – setup to minimise risk by delivering safely to your door.
If you would like to get a get a quote on your compounded product, click here to submit your prescription or pharmacy label, and one of our staff will contact you.