Pediatric Compounding | Atkinson's Pharmacy

Pediatric Compounding: Making Medicine Better for Taste and Tummies

Let’s face it: Medicine often taste vile. It’s hard enough behaving like an adult and taking your own medicine. For children, it’s even worse: Children have greater sensitivity to bitter tastes, and many meds, such as penicillin and antihistamines, are quite bitter.

The most effective medication for your sick 5-year-old is the one he or she will take: It isn’t going to do a bit of good otherwise. It’s impossible to reason with a sick child about why he or she needs to take her medicine. Yes, you probably could force it down, threaten them with a timeout or sneak it into a treat as you would with a pet, but why do that when there’s a better way?

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Spencer At Home Medication Dispenser

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When it comes to patient care, safety is a top priority, especially when they are taking multiple medications at home. Even with the diligence and expertise of doctors, pharmacists, and caretakers, there is always the risk that patients will miss taking their medication and caretakers or pharmacists will not know about it early enough.

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Benefits of Compounded Medications | Atkinson's Pharmacy Group

Benefits of Compounded Medications

Compound medications can’t be found sitting on the shelf of a pharmacy. These prescriptions are custom mixtures ordered by the doctor and filled by a compounding pharmacy. Prepared by licensed pharmacists, the drug’s form, taste, texture, and/or strength are modified for the patient. In some cases, the medicinal ingredient is still available for treatment, but the concentration is not manufactured commercially for the public.

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5 Steps to Succeed with a Career in Long-Term Care Nursing | Atkinson's Pharmacy

5 Steps to Succeed with a Career in Long-Term Care Nursing

A long-term care nurse is dedicated to caring for patients who have an illness or disability that requires extended medical care. As a long-term care nurse, you will be responsible for a wide range of activities, including monitoring the patient’s health, educating the patient’s family on their medical condition, assisting with day-to-day tasks, and providing multi-faceted care. Achieving a successful long-term care nursing career begins with a compassionate nature and the right medical degree.

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How to Get the Long-Term Care Talk Started

There are nearly 67 million Americans providing assistance to their spouse, relative, parent, or close relation. With this in mind, it is important to remember that both aging and the potential for specialized long-term care solutions are two topics that shouldn’t be put off for too long. However, before discussions begin, family members should gather all of the information needed to have an understanding, yet productive, conversation with aging loved ones.

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3 Major Signs a Patient is Addicted to Pain Medication | Atkinson's Pharmacy Group

3 Major Signs a Patient is Addicted to Pain Medication

With millions of opioid prescriptions being doled out every year, the topic of addiction has never been more relevant than it is today. One of the easiest ways to spot an addict is to observe their physical appearance. An addict may have bloodshot eyes or have gone through a sudden weight change. They may have poor coordination, slurred speech or emanate strange body odors. But it’s not always as obvious as just seeing a person on a daily basis. Caregivers should learn more about the signs of this dreaded disease if they want to be effective in their jobs.

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