“That’s a bitter pill to swallow.”
“A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.”
“I find the medicine worse than the malady.”
All of these phrases speak to one of the benefits of compounded medications, especially in children.
As I discussed in in Pleasantville-Briarcliff Manor Patch, pharmacy compounding has its roots in ancient times and it continues to grow and evolve as an important and necessary alternative to commercially manufactured drugs, which in some cases are not in a form or strength needed by a patient, or contain a product to which the patient is allergic.
Children benefit from compounded pharmaceuticals in many ways.
A primary way is that compounding pharmacists, who are pharmacists that have extra training, take commercial pharmaceuticals that kids find disagreeable in form or taste, or both, and create more palatable versions of the medicines.
Many children have difficulty swallowing pills. Even chewable tablets some kids resist—either because of the taste or the consistency of the tablet. Many liquid medicines have flavors children find disagreeable.
Compounding pharmacists are able to produce a pleasant tasting lollipop, lozenge, ice pop on a stick, liquid, or a “Gummy Bear” that contains the same dose of the same medicine in the pill or tablet that a child won’t or can’t swallow.
Liquid medicines are easier than pills for most children to swallow—but, again, liquid medicine can have an unpleasant taste, and dosages are often not exact as parents often use kitchen spoons to deliver the medication, which can actually vary in size.
A compounding pharmacist can create a better tasting product.
Some of the flavors that Prescription Dynamics uses to make specially compounded pharmaceuticals include chocolate, grape, pineapple, cotton candy, banana, bubblegum, vanilla, watermelon, peppermint stick, raspberry….and more.
Prescription Dynamics has had tremendous success in developing pharmaceutical compounds that children actually enjoy taking. Similarly, we have created medications that pets will gladly take, which brings relief to pet owners who have struggled to find ways to administer medication to their animal. Many a pet owner has buried a pill in dog food only to find the bowl licked clean, but for the pill.
The flavored compounded pharmaceuticals we make are not just favorites with kids and animals.
Adults find that these custom compounds make taking their own medicine easier as well.
Michael De Giglio, R.Ph, a resident of Pleasantville, is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Prescription Dynamics, a Montvale, NJ-based compounding pharmacy. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.