LYCODERM PHARMACY IS REGISTERED AS AN A-GRADED PHARMACY WITH THE
SOUTH AFRICAN PHARMACY COUNCIL (SAPC).
What is compounding?
PHARMACY COMPOUNDING IS THE ART AND SCIENCE OF PREPARING CUSTOMISED MEDICATIONS FOR PATIENTS.
Pharmacy compounding is the traditional role of the pharmacist and involves preparation of medicines in different dosage forms to fill the need of a specific patient according to practitioner’s instruction. In the early 1900’s the pharmaceutical industry began manufacturing a myriad of drugs in various dosage forms and the need for compounded medications diminished. Today, compounding is experiencing a resurgence and many patients need customised dosage forms to solve specific medical problems that they may be having with their current treatment. Innovative techniques and research have allowed more pharmacists to customise medications to meet specific patients’ needs.
For example- if a person is unable to take medication orally, we may be able to assist by placing the medication in a transdermal cream that will allow absorption of the drug through the skin. Some individuals are unable to take a commercial product due to its sugar/alcohol content, dye or specific preservative.
We can solve the problem by compounding a customised dosage form without including the problem-causing agent.
BENEFITS OF USING COMPOUNDED MEDICINE
Customised strengths, dosage forms and combinations on a personalised basis.
WIDE VARIETY OF DOSAGE FORMS
Alternative dosage forms to accommodate patient needs
Years of combined pharmaceutical excellence
Lycoderm Focus Areas
LYCODERM IS AN EXCLUSIVE COMPOUNDING-ONLY PHARMACY THAT HAS BEEN AROUND FOR 15 YEARS.
Compounding requires time, specialised equipment and bulk chemicals and drug substances that are not available in most pharmacies. Compounding also requires extensive experience in formulating various dosage forms from the base materials. For these reasons pharmacies mostly offer mass-produced medications already on the market.
Our pharmacists are hand-picked to deliver a professional service. They are always available to answer questions, discuss compound formulas and offer suggestions if needed.
Producing high-quality sterile compounds that are USP 797 compliant.
Combining individual ingredients into various dosage forms specifically designed for treating skin conditions.
Wound & Scar Care
Treating your wounds with appropriate ingredients to make sure wounds heal faster.
Functional preparations used prior to and during laser-,microdermabrasion-, plasma, PRP, chemical peel etc procedures.
Lycoderm delivers a specialist pharmacy service for the preparation of personalised medicine in the field of dermatology, plastic & reconstructive surgery and aesthetics. Our sister company Formul8 Pharma has extended our focus to preparations for specialists in the fields of Functional Medicine, Women’s Health, Paediatrics etc.
Achieving optimal men’s health through our men’s wellness program.
Applying creams made from a combination of ingredients to help alleviate your pain.
Offering unconventional solutions to your hard to treat feet problems.
Achieving optimal men’s health and balancing hormones for women in all stages of life from puberty to menopause.
Unique dosage forms to allow patients to live out their lives free of pain and discomfort.
Customised medicine solutions for dentistry; periodontics; and oral surgery.
Giving your children medication in a more effective and stress-free way.
Offering unconventional solutions the treatment of animal ailments.
Is compounding legal?
Compounding has been part of healthcare since the origins of pharmacy and has recently experienced a resurgence, largely because of advances in technology and research methodology.
Compounded prescriptions are both ethical and legal as long as no such preparation is commercially available and they are prescribed by a licensed practitioner and compounded by a registered pharmacy with experience in compounding.
Today, the US FDA and TGA (Aus) acknowledges compounding as a practice centered around the practitioner-patient-pharmacist triad and accept the scope and function of pharmacy compounding as an integral part of the pharmaceutical industry.
Association of Compounding Pharmacists of South African (ACPSA)
The ACPSA was formed in 2013 with the main aim to promote, preserve and advocate for the growing practice of pharmacy compounding, as well as to promote and facilitate communications with the regulatory authorities, with the public and with other interest groups on matters concerning pharmacy compounding.
The ACPSA consists of pharmacists with a special interest in compounding. Their efforts are set on establishing a consistent system of quality standards. Although membership is voluntary, all leading compounding pharmacies in South Africa are represented. Earning ACPSA membership shows that a pharmacy is dedicated to uphold ethical practices.