At Pace Pharmacy, we have more than “a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down.” We compound different dosage forms and flavoured medications to make medicating pediatric patients easier. Examples include but are not limited to gummy squares or bears, syrups, suppositories, or topical creams and gels. We also compound gluten-free and preservative-free medications for children or adults with environmental and food allergies.
A caring pediatrician working closely with one of our compounding pharmacist can provide children the individualized care they deserve to improve compliance and therapeutic outcomes.
Below is a brief list of pediatric disorders we routinely compound medications for.
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Topical Anesthetics
- Psoriasis/ Eczema
- Bacterial Infections
- Lower doses of medications not commercially available
We work together with practitioners, children, and their families to customize medications and meet specific needs.
Children pose many challenges when it comes to medication: they may resist having to take a medication, dislike the taste or texture, have difficulty swallowing solid dosage forms, and are fearful of injections.
The limited pediatric market for most drugs may be the leading reason for the lack of investment in drug development for this population by the pharmaceutical industry. Most medications are not labelled for pediatric populations, and when a medication is not approved for use in infants and children, it usually is not available in a suitable pediatric dosage form. Fortunately, our compounding pharmacy is able to help. We can compound oral medications into pleasantly flavoured suspensions, solutions, concentrates, freezerpops, “gummy bears” or lozenges, in colours that entice the child to take the medication. A palatable formulation is more likely to improve compliance and minimize spillage or waste during administration. Lollipops are an ideal alternative to “swish and swallow” medications that need to be retained in the mouth for a prolonged period of time. Most drugs can be compounded into transdermal gels that can easily be applied to an appropriate site, such as the child’s wrist, for absorption through the skin.
Professional compounding is not just diluting existing medications, or mixing powders with bases. We must consider physical and chemical properties of each active and inactive ingredient in order to prepare an effective and safe customized medication with the desired taste, colour, fragrance, viscosity, uniformity, texture, and stability. The efficacy of any compounded medication is influenced by the technique and equipment used in preparing the formulation, the purity and quality of the ingredients, choice of vehicle (base), and proper use of additives such as penetration enhancers.