Flavour helps the medicine go down

Pharmacist Maria Espinoza from the Range Pharmacy prepares a flavour to be added an otherwise nasty-tasting medicine.
Pharmacist Maria Espinoza from the Range Pharmacy prepares a flavour to be added an otherwise nasty-tasting medicine. Kevin Farmer

PINA COLADA, sour apple and cinnamon are not flavours that you would normally associate with bitter-tasting medicine.

But the Range Pharmacy has transformed the way people — especially young children — think about medicine.

The pharmacy offers a service that adds delicious flavours to otherwise nasty-tasting liquid medicines.

Pharmacist Maria Espinoza said the flavours suppressed the bitterness of traditional liquid medicines, making them more appealing to young taste buds.

“In most cases we are able to suppress the bitterness, enhance the sweetness and then put in the flavour,” Miss Espinoza said.

“Children tend not to like the flavour of most medicines.”

Popular flavours among the youngsters include strawberry and bubblegum while adults with a sensitive (and discerning) palate are catered for with vanilla butter and nut.

“Most adults aren’t prescribed liquid medication because they can swallow the tablet form,” she said. “But those that have swallowing difficulties might appreciate the flavours.”

The liquid flavourings are added to the bottle of medication and contain no artificial colours, sugars or alcohol.

Miss Espinoza said there were no issues in making medicines more appetising for children.

“Regardless of their flavour, all medicines should be kept out of reach of children,” she said.

The flavourings cost $3.50 a bottle which Miss Espinoza believes is a small price to pay to ensure that sick children take their medicine.


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