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Addressing the specific needs of Pediatric and Geriatric patients through Oral Suspensions

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Pediatric and geriatric patients require careful consideration when it comes to the administration of medication to ensure both safety and efficacy. Physiological characteristics of children and elderly differ considerably from that of adults; they may not be able to metabolize or eliminate active substances and excipients in pharmaceutical products in the same manner.

Personalized medicine, with its focus on tailoring individual needs, has emerged as a promising approach to address the complex requirements of those patients’ treatments.

The Challenges of Oral Administration

Oral administration is the most common medication delivery route, offering several advantages including non-invasiveness, patient empowerment, and cost-effectiveness. However, pediatric and geriatric patients may face a range of issues that require specialized solutions, such as allergies, intolerances, dysphagia, or those fed by enteral tubes. These challenges include:

  • Dosing Adjustments: These patients often require tailored dosages to account for factors like metabolism variations or medication interactions. Achieving precise dosing can be challenging, especially when commercially available formulations are unsuitable.
  • Allergies and Intolerances: Some patients may exhibit allergic reactions or intolerances to specific ingredients commonly found in commercially available medications. These adverse reactions can compromise treatment outcomes and patient well-being.
  • Dysphagia: This condition is characterized by difficulty swallowing, particularly common among elderly patients or those with certain chronic diseases. Administering solid dosage forms can be problematic, necessitating alternative formulations.
  • Enteral Feeding Tubes: Patients reliant on enteral feeding tubes for nutrition and medication may face difficulties when using conventional solid medications. The administration of medication through these tubes requires specially prepared formulations.

The Role of Personalized Medicine

Personalized medicine has gained prominence as an approach that tailors medical interventions to the unique characteristics of each patient. By leveraging genetic, molecular, and clinical information, healthcare professionals can design treatments that maximize efficacy while minimizing adverse effects. For pediatric and geriatric patients, personalized medicine can encompass a variety of strategies, including dosage adjustments, avoidance of allergens, and the utilization of alternative administration routes.

Oral Suspensions: A Solution for Pediatric and geriatric patients

In cases where oral administration is preferred or necessary, but challenges like dosing adjustments, allergies, intolerances, dysphagia, or enteral feeding tubes arise, personalized medicine plays a vital role. Ready-to-use oral suspending vehicles like SyrSpend® SF, have emerged as a practical and effective solution.

SyrSpend® SF: Superior suspending technology

Fagron’s SyrSpend® SF range of oral suspending vehicles offers a sophisticated solution to the challenges faced by Pediatric and geriatric patients. This innovative line of products provides several key benefits:

  • Pharmaceutical Stability: SyrSpend® SF ensures the stability of active ingredients, maintaining their stabilityover time. This is crucial for patients with varying dosing requirements.
  • Dosage Consistency: Compounding pharmacists can precisely measure and dispense the required dosage, addressing who needs dosing adjustments.
  • Patient Comfort: The suspension form is particularly well-suited for patients with dysphagia or those reliant on enteral feeding tubes. It offers ease of administration and improved patient compliance.
  • Customization: Compounding pharmacists can tailor SyrSpend® SF formulations to accommodate allergies, intolerances, and other specific patient requirements, ensuring safety and efficacy.

By combining the principles of personalized medicine with innovative pharmaceutical technologies, healthcare professionals can optimize treatment outcomes and improve the quality of life for these individuals. You can learn more about the product at