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“From Apple to Watermelon”
Local Pharmacist helps make medicine taste better.

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Kids Flavoring Jingle

Naperville, IL (April 1999): Pharmacist
Thomas G. Marks of Martin Avenue Pharmacy in Naperville, IL., knows that medication compliance can be a problem, especially for children. To make taking medicine more pleasant, he can flavor medication to a wide variety of tastes.

Flavor can improve the acceptability of nearly everything that passes the lips, whether it is food, beverages, toothpaste or medicine,” says Marks. “Our objective is to work directly with the physician and the patient to select a flavoring agent that provides both an appropriate match for the medication’s properties and the patient’s taste preferences.”

Using PCCA Flavors/TM, a pharmacy flavoring system offered by Professional Compounding Centers of America, Inc., Martin Avenue Pharmacy has access to more than 100 flavors and flavor combinations, including: apple, blueberry, cherry-cola, eggnog custard, grape, Hawaiian pineapple, root beer float, tutti-frutti and watermelon. They also work with veterinarians, to flavor medications for pets, with choices like: beef, cheese, chicken, liver, and peanut butter for dogs; salmon, sardine and tuna for cats; and alfalfa and carrot creme for horses.

Reformulating medication by adding flavor is one example of pharmacy compounding, the pharmacy method of preparing medications to meet each prescriber’s and patient’s unique needs. In addition to flavoring medications, the compounding pharmacist can prepare medicine in a variety of dosage forms including: lollipops, troches or lozenges, syrups, capsules and ointments.

“Compounding provides a viable option for solving patient medication problems,” adds Marks. “For example, many patients are allergic to commonly used fillers, dyes, binders and other additives that are a part of mass-produced medications. In addition, many medications are available only in limited strengths and dosages. Compounding pharmacists can help physicians and patients by customizing medications to solve specific needs.”

Martin Avenue Pharmacy Inc. was founded on Friday the 13th, in April 1973, by Tom Marks, R.Ph., with the philosophy of meeting patients’ special needs. The pharmacy provides a full range of human and veterinary compounding services, and also provides aromatherapy, a diabetic care center, first aid supplies, homeopathic medications, medical equipment and supplies, natural hormone replacement therapy, ostomy products, support stockings and a delivery service. Martin Avenue Pharmacy is open Monday through Friday, 9am to 7pm, and on Saturday, 9am to 4pm. The pharmacy is located one block north of Edward Hospital at the corner of Martin and Washington in Naperville, IL. For more information, please call Matthew G. Marks or Thomas G. Marks, R.Ph at 630-355-6400.

“From Cat Nip to Alfalfa”
Local Pharmacist helps make medicine taste better.

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Naperville, IL (April 1999): Pharmacist Thomas G. Marks of Martin Avenue Pharmacy in Naperville, IL., knows that medication compliance can be a problem, especially for pets. To make taking medicine more pleasant, he can flavor medication to a wide variety of tastes.

“Flavor can improve the acceptability of nearly everything that passes the lips, whether it is food, beverages, toothpaste or medicine,” says Marks. “Our objective is to work directly with the veterinarian and the owner to select a flavoring agent that provides both an appropriate match for the medication’s properties and the pet’s taste preferences.”

Using PCCA Flavors/TM, a pharmacy flavoring system offered by Professional Compounding Centers of America, Inc., Martin Avenue Pharmacy has access to more than 100 flavors and flavor combinations, including: beef, cheese, chicken, liver, and peanut butter for dogs; salmon, sardine and tuna for cats; and alfalfa and carrot creme for horses. They also work with physicians, to flavor medications for children, with choices like: apple, blueberry, cherry-cola, eggnog custard, grape, Hawaiian pineapple, root beer float, tutti-frutti and watermelon.

Reformulating medication by adding flavor is one example of pharmacy compounding, the pharmacy method of preparing medications to meet each prescriber’s and pet’s unique needs. In addition to flavoring medications, the compounding pharmacist can prepare medicine in a variety of dosage forms including: lollipops, troches or lozenges, syrups, capsules and ointments.

“Compounding provides a viable option for solving pet medication problems,” adds Marks. “For example, many pets are allergic to commonly used fillers, dyes, binders and other additives that are a part of mass-produced medications. In addition, many medications are available only in limited strengths and dosages. Compounding pharmacists can help veterinarians and pets by customizing medications to solve specific needs.”

Martin Avenue Pharmacy Inc. was founded on Friday the 13th, in April 1973, by Tom Marks, R.Ph., with the philosophy of meeting patients’ special needs. The pharmacy provides a full range of human and veterinary compounding services, and also provides aromatherapy, a diabetic care center, first aid supplies, homeopathic medications, medical equipment and supplies, natural hormone replacement therapy, ostomy products, support stockings and a delivery service.

Martin Avenue Pharmacy is open Monday through Friday, 9am to 7pm, and on Saturday, 9am to 4pm. The pharmacy is located one block north of Edward Hospital at the corner of Martin and Washington in Naperville, IL. For more information, please call Matthew G. Marks or Thomas G. Marks, R.Ph at 630-355-6400.