Sunday, February 12, 2006

Made-to-order medications: Thinking outside the bottle

From the Canadian Jewish News:
Pharmacist Murray Shore is enthusiastic about compounding medications – a growing and sometimes controversial field that creates custom-made drugs to meet individuals’ needs.

For Shore, who owns the Toronto Compounding Shoppe, compounding is a creative endeavour. He works with physicians to solve medication problems – distasteful flavours, ingredient allergies, infants’ tiny doses, nausea drugs that can’t be taken orally – with custom formulations created for individual patients.

“Many pharmacists don’t think out of the box,” Shore says. Compounding calls for “peripheral thinking,” using known drugs precisely to solve unique problems. ...more

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