Helping the medicine go down

Helping The Medicine Go Down
Maryland company's system helps parents and pharmacists find flavors that making taking medicine easier for kids.

COLUMBIA, Maryland (WBAL) Flavors like bubble gum or banana could be the key to getting a child to take their medications, and a Maryland based company helping pharmacists and parents find the right combinations.

FLAVORx has made it simple. A pharmacist can mix it up, and thanks to a machine called the fill-master, the work is already done for them.

“It’s got a database of about 5,000 drugs and it knows the name, volume and strength of each medication and the flavors that work with that medication,” explains Chad Becker of FLAVORx.

Parents can also get online with their kids and meet “Fred” at and enter the medication, for example, Tamiflu, and it gives the best flavor choices.

“We do a lot of research, a lot of studies just to make sure it’s a good match,” said Ursula Chizhik, FLAVORx’s director of pharmacy.

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