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Compounding Services - Pediatrics

Parents, kids, and practitioners need to overcome several challenges when it comes to prescription medications for pediatrics: The child may experience difficulties swallowing a solid dosage form or may detest the flavor or texture of a liquid medication. In situations where the usual treatment is an injection, the child’s distress of the needle may prove to be a major problem.

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 labeled 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.

Hence, many pediatricians and other practitioners work with Vivmeds Pharmacy to customize medications that meet the needs and tastes of their young patients. Personalized medications from Vivmeds can make it more convenient for children to take the medications that they need in several ways. Most drugs have a limited pediatric market and are not labeled or approved for use in infants and children or are not available in a form that is appropriate for pediatric use.

At Vivmeds Pharmacy, our compounding Pharmacists and other compounding experts know how to deliver oral medications in dosage forms that children will be more willing to take, such as flavored suspensions, freezer pops, lozenges or “gummy bears,” concentrates and even lollipops -- the perfect solution when you need a “swish and swallow” delivery method for medications that need to be present in the mouth for a longer period.
With pleasing flavors, colors and dosage forms, our custom-made compounded medications can be the key to enticing a child to take the medicine he or she needs. Beyond providing more attractive flavor or presentation: we put into perspective the physical and chemical properties of the active and inactive ingredients we work with to produce a medication that is safe and effective as well as kid-friendly.

With many drugs, we can also compound medications into transdermal gels that can be applied to the child’s skin for absorption. We can also include helpful additives such as penetration enhancers when appropriate. Contact us to discuss your patient’s needs, and we can help you decide on a customized medication.

As a compounding pharmacy, we can compound oral medications into pleasantly flavored suspensions, solutions, concentrates, freezer pops, “gummy bears” or lozenges, in colors 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 beyond just diluting current medications or mixing powders with bases. The physical and chemical properties of each active and inactive ingredient must be put into considerations in order to prepare an effective and safe customized medication with the desired taste, color, 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.

Contact us at Vivmeds Pharmacy at 940-226-4849 to speak with a Pharmacy representative.

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