Farmacéuticas (Premafarma) started in 2005 as a company aiming at providing
both human and animal welfare, to prepare medications by pharmacists at the
highest level, customized for each patient individually.
September 1st we opened our doors at our current location, 50 meters
south from Casa Italia.
idea started with the need for providing the Costa Rican market with
unavailable and custom-made medications that pharmaceutical companies
found unattractive or non-profitable due to the reduced market. The
demand of customized medications grew as mass-produced drugs did not
meet all patients’ needs.
physical facility was 120 square meters in total, 17square meters belonged
to the compounding area and 15 square meters to office areas and front
staff included a pharmacist and senior pharmacy students that assisted
during certain hours.
North American pharmacist and a Costa Rican pharmacist joined in a partnership
in equal parts, both with more than 20 years of experience in pharmacy
and deeply passionate about compounding.
support was continued and two internship students collaborated full-time
during the first half of the year, in which they developed a formula
for capsules with enteric coating as their graduation project-with the
support and assistance of the Pharmacy School Analytic Laboratory from
the University of Costa Rica.
point, it was necessary to increase the staff for the purpose of reinforcing
compounding area. Also, a medical sales representative was hired to
let more physicians know about the compounding services offered.
we purchased a new ointment mill, which helped us double the capacity
of processing creams and ointments.
in the second half of the year, remodeling work was done in the front
desk area due to the continuous growth we experienced in the number
of patients. It was also necessary to extend the capacity of the phone
switchboard up to five available lines.
all the computers were wired in the same network. The compounding area
was enhanced as well, allowing four technicians to work simultaneously-
increasing the capacity of operations.
the first permit from the Union of Veterinary Physicians was granted,
authorizing us to compound medications for animal use.
- We incorporated a delivery
service with our own company vehicle.
- Two more pharmacists were
hired in order to support the ongoing work in the Clean Room. At the same
time, we were able to expand our portfolio of sterile medications by first
providing our patients with parental preparations- initially ascorbic
acid for intravenous injection – subsequently with sterile suspensions
due to the purchase of an autoclave and sonicator; and finally with the
acquisition of a manual pellet press.
- Another pharmacist was hired
in order to attend incoming prescriptions and physicians requests.
- We were able to increase the
volume of parental preparations through the purchase of a peristaltic
- We also started the development
and design of our specialized software “BOS” for the management
of prescriptions and inventory.
the Clean Room had experienced a significant growth, it became necessary
to invest in a newer and larger laminar flow hood.
operation of compounding area increased as well; this made necessary
remodelingthe area and hiring more employees.
the same time, the materials demanded larger storage space, which lead
us to the decision to remodel the warehouse area.
the pilot program “BOS” software to handle inventory, prescription
and patient information as well as formula worksheets was ready to be
and improved compounding area, as well as the material warehouse now
included 80 square meters each. We also expanded the staff dining area
and by now our facility included around 300 square meters of working
other side, newer appliances were available including a larger laminar
flow hood in the Clean Room- 1.82 meters (6 foot) which doubled the
size of the former one – and an enclosure for protection from
hazardous powders in the compounding area.
pharmacist was hired in order to support and handle incoming prescriptions
and patients requests.
software was installed – it was designed especially to meet PREMAFARMA´S
needs regarding prescriptions and inventory management.
order to limit the exposure to hazardous fumes and provide biological
safety, we invested in a new laminar flow hood that allowed us to expand
our service to chemotherapeutic and biologic medications. Due to these
recent upgrades, it was necessary to hire trained staff on aseptic techniques.
also were able to equip an area for dip-coating which helped us expand
our service providing enteric coated medications.
we acquired a second manual pellet press for the Clean Room, as well
as an air conditioning unit for the compounding area.
this year, we purchased a viscometer and a pH meter in order to improve
and optimize compounding. Likewise, it was necessary to acquire a second
peristaltic pump due to the increased demand for sterile preparations.
compounding area experienced the same situation of augmented demand,
which led us to the purchase of a third ointment mill.
in the compounding area it was necessary to renew our manual equipment
for oral dosages forms due to its deterioration.
our company vehicles, as well as all our scales – each attached
to a printer to ensure data accuracy.
we started the search for options to purchase an emergency power system
due to the constant loss of normal power supply and the need to provide
uninterrupted service to our clients.
obtained a license from SENASA – National Animal Health Service
– and became the first pharmacy in Costa Rica with this entity´s
approval for dispensing veterinary formulations due to the changes in
as well an A4M certificate – American Academy of AntiAging Medicine-
and became the only pharmacy in Costa Rica who is member of this outstanding
academy. This allowed PREMAFARMA to accesscontinuouseducation, both
on-line and via personal attendance, regarding antiaging topics and
became a founding member of the American Society of Men´s Health.
This enabled us to access on-line and via personal attendance training
regarding men´s health matters and erectile dysfunction as well
as its pharmacological and hormonal treatment.
we began executing automatic billing through our specialized “BOS”
necessary to purchase new manual equipment for oral dosage forms in
the compounding area due the continuous increasing demand.
this year, we´ve completely renovated our compressor system in
the sterile area due to the approaching end of its service life.