Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Pill-swallowing method changes Calgary kids' lives

Researchers 'surprised' at study's success
By Tamara Gignac, Calgary Herald

A rare autoimmune disorder requires 10-year-old Alysa Hauck to take more than a dozen kinds of drugs each day.

But for much of her life, her tiny throat simply couldn't choke down the adult-sized pills.

Her parents had no choice but to give Alysa her medication in liquid form. With the solid drugs, they would grind them up and mix them with food two to three times a day.

"A lot of her medications require refrigeration. It makes travelling -- or even a trip to Calaway Park -- really hard," said her father, Dirk Hauck.

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