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Exploring melatonin prescribing among customers of compounding pharmacies in Australia

Jane Nikles, Victor Lo, Jennifer A Giam and Bandana Saini
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (6): 384-385. || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10145
Published online: 2 April 2012

To the Editor: In Australia, when melatonin is requested in doses higher than those available in preprepared formulations, in different dosage forms, or for people under 55 years of age, private prescriptions and extempora-neous preparations are often used. There is evidence of efficacy of melatonin in shiftwork-related sleep disorders, jet lag, circadian rhythm disorders, and for older people with chronic insomnia, but not for insomnia generally.1-3 There is concern over increasing use of melatonin in children, but no current data exist for actual melatonin usage patterns in Australia. In September 2010, we conducted a 2-week prospective drug use audit of melatonin prescriptions dispensed to patients by Australian compounding pharmacies.

  • Jane Nikles1
  • Victor Lo2
  • Jennifer A Giam3
  • Bandana Saini4

  • 1 School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 2 Marsfield Pharmacy, Sydney, NSW.
  • 3 Professional Compounding Chemists of Australia Pty Ltd, Sydney, NSW.
  • 4 University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: uqjnikle@uq.edu.au

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