Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the transmucosal film tablets, and what are their benefits?2024-03-20T13:17:17+00:00

Transmucosal film tablets are a unique dosage form designed to dissolve quickly when placed inside the cheek (buccal cavity), allowing for rapid absorption of the medication through the mucous membranes of the mouth. These tablets are thin, flexible, and easy to administer, making them an ideal option for patients with difficulty swallowing traditional oral tablets or capsules.

The transmucosal route of administration offers several advantages, including a faster onset of action, avoidance of first-pass metabolism in the liver, and improved medication bioavailability. Additionally, transmucosal film tablets provide a convenient and discreet dosing option, particularly suitable for medications requiring frequent administration or precise dosing.

Is APC Labs a registered pharmacy?2024-03-20T13:17:00+00:00

Yes, APC Labs is a registered pharmacy with the GPhC. The registration number for APC Labs is 9012301

Why are compounded medicines unlicensed?2024-03-20T13:16:45+00:00

Compounded medicines are often considered unlicensed because they are prepared by compounding pharmacies on a case-by-case basis to meet the unique needs of individual patients. Unlike commercially available medications, compounded medicines are not pre-approved by regulatory agencies such as the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) or the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), which regulates pharmacies and pharmacists in England, Scotland, and Wales.

Several factors contribute to why compounded medicines are typically unlicensed:

  • Customization: Compounded medicines are tailored to specific patient requirements, such as specific dosages, formulations, or ingredient combinations, which may not be available in commercially manufactured products.
  • Regulatory Oversight: While compounding pharmacies are subject to regulatory oversight by the GPhC, they operate under different regulations than pharmaceutical manufacturers. Compounding pharmacies must adhere to specific standards set forth by the GPhC, but these standards may vary and are generally less stringent than those for commercial drug manufacturers.
  • Limited Clinical Trials: Unlike mass-produced pharmaceuticals, compounded medications often lack extensive clinical trials to establish their safety and efficacy. Instead, their use is based on healthcare providers’ and pharmacists’ expertise and judgment.
  • Patient-Specific Needs: Compounded medicines are typically prescribed when commercially available products are not suitable or practical for a particular patient due to allergies, intolerances, or other medical reasons. They provide a valuable option for patients with unique medical needs but may not undergo the same rigorous testing and approval processes as commercial drugs.
  • Out-of-stock medicines: Compounded medicines can also be made when a certain dosage form of medicine is out of stock, and then an alternative dosage route can be employed.

Patients and healthcare providers must recognise that while compounded medicines may lack formal licensing from regulatory agencies like the MHRA and GPhC, they fulfil a critical role in healthcare by providing personalised treatment options for patients with specific medical requirements. However, patients and healthcare providers should work closely with compounding pharmacists to ensure the safety, quality, and appropriateness of compounded medications for individual patients.

Can I track the status of my prescriptions on APC Labs?2024-03-20T13:16:18+00:00

Yes, prescribers can track the status of their prescriptions on APC Labs through their account dashboard. This includes monitoring the progress of orders, tracking shipments, and receiving notifications when prescriptions are processed and dispatched.

Is APC Labs compliant with regulatory standards for compounded medications?2024-03-20T13:15:58+00:00

Yes, APC Labs adheres to all regulatory standards and guidelines governing the compounding of medications. Our facility follows strict quality assurance protocols to ensure that compounded products meet the highest safety and efficacy standards.

Is there a support team available to assist with any questions or concerns?2024-03-20T13:15:21+00:00

APC Labs has a dedicated support team ready to assist prescribers with any questions or concerns. Whether you need assistance navigating the platform or have inquiries about specific compounded products, our team is here to help.

What happens after I submit a prescription to APC Labs?2024-03-20T13:15:09+00:00

After submitting a prescription, APC Labs will process the order and dispatch the compounded medication to the patient selected by the prescriber. Our team ensures timely delivery of drugs while maintaining the highest quality and safety standards.

How do I make payment for the prescribed compounded product?2024-03-20T13:14:57+00:00

Once you have created a prescription on APC Labs, you can proceed to the payment section to complete the transaction.

Can I review the compounded products available on APC Labs before prescribing?2024-03-20T13:14:45+00:00

Yes, prescribers can access detailed information about the compounded products available on APC Labs. This includes ingredient lists, dosage forms, and indications for use, allowing you to make informed decisions when prescribing medications for your patients.

How do I create a prescription on APC Labs?2024-03-20T13:14:32+00:00

Creating a prescription on APC Labs is straightforward. After logging into your account, navigate to the prescription section and follow the prompts to select the compounded product, specify dosage instructions, and provide any necessary patient information.

Do I need to be registered with the CQC to issue a prescription?2024-03-20T13:14:20+00:00

If you do not fall under the CQC’s remit, for example, some pharmacist prescribers, you should be registered with the CQC or work in a clinic that has a CQC registration.

How do I get started with APC Labs?2024-03-20T13:14:06+00:00

Getting started with APC Labs is easy. Visit our website and create an account by providing the required information. Once your account is set up, you can begin creating prescriptions for compounded medications.

What types of compounded medications can I order through APC Labs?2024-03-20T13:13:54+00:00

APC Labs offers various compounded medications to address multiple patient needs. From customised hormone therapies to specialised dermatological preparations, our platform allows prescribers to select the appropriate compounded product for their patients.

What APC Labs offer compounded products?2024-03-20T13:13:36+00:00

APC Labs provides diverse compounded medications to meet various patient needs. Our offerings include:

  • Testosterone Cypionate 30mg Transmucosal Film Tablets

  • Semaglutide 1mg Transmucosal Film Tablets

  • Low Dose Naltrexone 4.5mg Transmucosal Film Tablets

  • Melatonin 8.5mg Transmucosal Film Tablets

These specialised formulations are carefully prepared to address specific medical requirements, ensuring optimal patient treatment outcomes. Additionally, we offer a wide range of other compounded medications tailored to individual patient needs, including hormone replacement therapies, dermatological preparations, and customised pain management solutions. Please get in touch with us for more information on our complete product offerings.

What is a compounded medicine?2024-03-20T13:13:20+00:00

A compounded medicine is a customised medication that a compounding pharmacist prepares to meet a patient’s unique needs. Unlike mass-produced pharmaceuticals, which are manufactured in large quantities according to standard formulations, compounded medicines are created case-by-case.

Compounded medications may involve altering the dosage form, strength, or ingredients to accommodate specific patient requirements. This customisation allows compounding pharmacists to prepare medications that are not commercially available or to tailor existing medications to address factors such as allergies, intolerances, or other medical considerations.

Compounded medicines can take various forms, including capsules, creams, ointments, solutions, suspensions, and transmucosal film tablets. They may contain one or more active pharmaceutical ingredients and can be formulated to be gluten-free, dye-free, preservative-free, or free of other potential allergens or irritants.

It’s important to note that compounded medicines are prepared in accordance with a prescription from a licensed healthcare provider and are subject to regulatory oversight by organisations such as the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) in the UK. While compounded medications offer personalised treatment options for patients with specific medical needs, patients and healthcare providers should work closely with compounding pharmacists to ensure the safety, quality, and appropriateness of compounded medications for individual patients.

How can I order compounded medicines for my patients?2024-03-20T13:13:03+00:00

Through our online prescribing platform, apclabs.co.uk, healthcare providers can conveniently submit prescriptions for compounded medications directly to APC Labs. Once the prescription is received, our pharmacists meticulously compound the medicines according to the prescriber’s specifications. Patients can then receive their customised medications conveniently delivered to their doorstep.

At APC Labs, we are committed to providing high-quality compounded medications that offer tailored solutions to address the individualised needs of our patients.

What is APC Labs?2024-03-20T13:22:21+00:00

APC Labs is a specialised pharmacy that focuses on compounding medications tailored to the unique needs of individual patients. As a compounding pharmacy, APC Labs formulates customised medications that are not readily available in commercially manufactured forms. These medications are prepared under the supervision of trained pharmacists to ensure accuracy, quality, and safety.

At APC Labs, we understand that every patient is unique, and their healthcare needs may require personalised solutions. Our compounding experts work closely with healthcare providers and patients to create customised medications that meet specific requirements, such as alternative dosage forms, strengths, or ingredient combinations.

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