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Country’s first online compounding pharmacy offers senior citizens more options

Apotheca Integrative Pharmacy, the first online compounding pharmacy in the Philippines, believes in utilizing the latest innovations to enable the elderly and those nearing senior age to have a healthy and graceful experience.



The country’s population is aging. The number of seniors in the Philippines has more than doubled from 4.5 million 20 years ago to 9.2 million in 2020 to account for 8.5 percent of the population, up from just 5.9 percent previously. This percentage is projected by the Commission on Population and Development (Popcom)  to reach 40 percent by 2035.

An aging population presents challenges, foremost of which are health concerns. The elderly are a vulnerable population, and so preventive healthcare solutions are necessary to ensure healthy aging. Considering the contributions the elderly have given to their family and the country during their prime, it is only fair they age gracefully and live fully as they go through their golden years.

But with physical mobility a concern for many elderly and fear of contracting COVID-19 keeping many from going to their doctors for regular checkups, more accessible and modern options such as telemedicine and virtual consultations are increasingly being adopted. Many are also turning to personalized medications, which are viable and effective options for specific health concerns and wellness goals.

Apotheca Integrative Pharmacy, the first online compounding pharmacy in the Philippines, believes in utilizing the latest innovations to enable the elderly and those nearing senior age to have a healthy and graceful experience. From virtual consultation and prescription to seamless and secure delivery of compounded medications, AIP makes it easier for the elderly to have access to the vitamins, supplements and medicines they need without having to leave the comfort and safety of their homes.

Manage pain and aches 

With age comes more wisdom and the occasional inexplicable pain and aches here and there. More than back and muscle aches, the elderly also become generally more sensitive and at risk of developing skin irritation, among others.

Common diseases associated with aging such as arthritis, diabetes and back pain can also be resolved using compounded medicines. AIP compounds prescription medications common for our elderly which includes Anti-depressant Drugs, Anti- Convulsant Drugs, Anesthetic Drugs and NSAID medications.

For one, AIP compounds Amitriptyline, a type of drug that can treat pain caused by nerve damage. Though initially created to treat anxiety and depression, this drug when used at a low dose can alleviate pain caused by arthritis, chronic neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia and back pain.

AIP also compounds Gabapentin, an anti-epileptic medication that diminishes pain transmission in damaged neurons by affecting glutamate receptors. It is best used for pain management caused by chronic neuropathic pain, diabetic neuropathy, postherpetic neuralgia, fibromyalgia and generalized vulvodynia.

Benzocaine offers mild pain control and is generally used for topical anesthesia. It works by blocking nerve signals in the body and provides a temporary numbing effects. Commonly used for pain management for sore throat, cold sores and teething as well as external vaginal itching and burning, benzocaine is not intended for prolonged application time or use.

For skin irritations and discomfort such as sunburn and minor rashes caused by insect bites, AIP can compound Lidocaine and Tetracaine. Lidocaine works by blocking pain signals at the skin’s nerve endings and helps reduce burning and sharp pain in specific overly sensitive skin areas. Tetracaine, is an amino-ester local anesthetic, is commonly used as a topical anesthetic for short procedures on the ears, nose and surface of the eye.

Repair and regulate hormonal imbalance

Growing old does come with a decline in physical and mental well-being due to hormonal changes and aging organs. This does not, however, mean having to live the rest of one’s life in discomfort or pain.

AIP offers specialized medicines for common health and wellness concerns such as irregular gall bladder activity, weakened immune system and overall well-being are available. The pharmacy’s Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) replicates hormones using natural resources to supplement the body with the hormones it lacks and needs. AIP compounds specific hormones based on patient requirements to ensure the compounded solution adapts to the individual’s bodily structure seamlessly.

Pregnenolone, one of the hormones that AIP compounds, may be considered a good brain enhancer. Besides improving memory and clarity of thought, it boosts vision and energy, even sexual enjoyment. Another hormone that AIP recommends for BHRT therapy is melatonin, which monitors circadian rhythm and induces drowsiness – useful for seniors who have difficulty sleeping or having an established sleep schedule.

Restore confidence

Hair thinning or loss is one of the drastic physical changes that comes with aging. Elderly males use hats to hide growing bald patches while women opt for shorter hairstyles, the changes in their crowning glory limiting their options and ultimately resulting in frustration and loss of confidence.

AIP can also compound hair loss treatments such as Minoxidil and Minoxidil combined with Finasteride, compounded formulations for treating hair loss. Minoxidil is an active ingredient used to increase hair density and revive follicles while Finasteride promotes scalp hair growth and prevents hair loss. This combination can come in topical solution or in whatever form the patient prefers.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) can also be addressed by compounded medicine. Besides lifestyle changes, AIP compounds duo-mix, which contains two complementary drugs namely Papaverine and Phentolamine mixed into a sterile injection. It is traditionally done via self-injection. Tri-mix, considered to be the most powerful class of anti-ED agent, comprises Papaverine, Phentolamine and Alprostadil. It is administered through penile self-injection and can be used for a vast number of conditions other than ED.

All AIP compounded medications come in customizable dosages, forms, combinations and formulations and therefore can easily be adjusted to meet specific patient needs. This also minimizes side effects and risks of drug abuse and addiction. Allergies and sensitivities are considered per patient and can be discussed with a doctor over AIP’s website.

Give grandparents the golden years they deserve and visit Apotheca Integrative Pharmacy’s ecommerce platform for compound medications fit for their needs. Get to know more about compounding medicines and how personalized medicines can benefit elderly health.

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Assess risk of stroke in just 3 minutes with stroke risk calculator

OMRON Healthcare recently introduced on its website the Stroke Risk Calculator, a tool that will help individuals assess their risk of stroke in the next five to 10 years based on their eating habits, medical history, and current lifestyle.



Stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition with hypertension serving as the biggest risk factor. Elevated blood pressure continues to pose a problem in the country due to the seemingly lack of awareness about hypertension and promotion of high blood pressure prevention, detection and control among Filipinos.

The number of Filipinos afflicted with hypertension continues to increase as many of them are unaware that they have high blood pressure. Some of them only find out they are hypertensive after they had a heart attack or stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases. In 2022, the recorded cases of cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, reached more than 63,000, making it the third leading cause of death in the country, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

“As stroke remains to be one of the top enemies of Filipinos, people of all ages should assess their level of risk and start taking action to reduce their stroke risks. One of the most effective and simplest things to do now is to constantly measure and monitor one’s blood pressure, keep a record of their readings, and assess all factors that contribute to their readings. But don’t stop at that, change your lifestyle if you must and commit to healthy habits,” shared Philippine Society of Hypertension Dr. Alejandro Bimbo F. Diaz.

To address the country’s growing cases of stroke, OMRON Healthcare recently introduced on its website the Stroke Risk Calculator, a tool that will help individuals assess their risk of stroke in the next five to 10 years based on their eating habits, medical history, and current lifestyle. The new feature also offers information about the top contributors to an individual’s stroke risk to help them make better choices and necessary lifestyle changes.

The Stroke Risk Calculator is developed by Professor Valery Feigin of the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand with the help of over 300 prominent stroke experts from 102 countries, making it the world’s largest international collaborative mobile health initiative of its kind. It is also endorsed by the World Stroke Organization and World Heart Federation, among many other global health organizations.

The Stroke Risk Calculator reduces Filipinos’ risks of suffering a stroke. The tool comprises of 21 questions and only takes about three to five minutes to finish. Guided by the American Framingham Heart Study, the questionnaire makes predictions depending on one’s habits pertaining to diet, drinking, and exercise as well as medical history such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Age, ethnicity, sex, height and weight are also taken into consideration.

“The introduction of the Stroke Risk Calculator online is in line with OMRON’s long-term vision of “Going For Zero” that aims at creating and shaping a better and healthier future for all via reducing cardiovascular events with the use of reliable medical devices and tools for preventive healthcare. With accuracy being part of OMRON’s legacy across all its devices, we made sure to consult national and international scientific forums to provide patients with the most reliable and accessible tool,” said OMRON Asia Pacific Pte Ltd Philippine Branch (Healthcare Division) general manager Yusuke Kato.

The Stroke Risk Calculator is accurate and backed by scientific studies, but doctor consultation is still important to assess one’s risks of developing heart diseases and suffering a stroke. Together with professional health advice, the information provided by the calculator points the individuals to the right direction to start addressing their personal health concerns and prevent the occurrence of a stroke.

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Acerpure boasts products that enhance healthy living and lifestyle

“Acerpure’s mission is to provide technological innovations that can resolve various consumer concerns. We want to create an Acerpure home ecosystem for consumers to live with ease and comfort,” said Sue Ong-Lim, Acer Philippines general manager.



Showing its concern for the environment and the quality of air people breathe, tech and innovation firm Acer branched out into home appliance segment by introducing Acerpure products consisting of air circulators, purifiers and vacuum cleaners combined with the latest technology as well as eco-friendly and energy-efficient features.

A new lifestyle brand that originated in Taiwan, Acerpure is a perfect addition to any home as it elevates and enhances the healthy living and lifestyle of every Filipino family.

“Acerpure’s mission is to provide technological innovations that can resolve various consumer concerns. We want to create an Acerpure home ecosystem for consumers to live with ease and comfort,” said Sue Ong-Lim, Acer Philippines general manager.

 The Acerpure air circulators and purifiers are equipped with HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter technology which removes at least 99.97% of dust, bacteria, pollen, mold and even viruses at home. HEPA filter is an important element in cleaning the air of particles that are harmful to health as well as in releasing clean air.

The Acerpure Cool C2 is a combination of air circulator and air purifier which filters and cleans air at the same time, gives comfort at home. It ensures users that while they are comfortable with its air circulator, it rotates the air inside the room and also cleans the air. This air purifier has 4-in-1 HEPA filter which remove pet hair and dander (Pro Filter); anti-virus and eliminates bacteria (HEPA Plus+ Filter); removes PM1.0 and 99.97% of particles (HEPA 13 Main Filter); and eliminates formaldehyde, gases and odors (Activated Carbon Filter). 

The Acerpure Pro P2 Classic air purifier assures every family that they can breathe fresh air. It brings along 10-million negative ion to make sure dirt and air pollutants around home are captured. On top of that, this appliance uses a smart technology, or an informative touch panel, that can monitor the air quality inside the room. While Pro P2 Classic has 4-in1 HEPA filter, Acerpure P2 Classic has a HEPA three-layer protection for a 45-square meter room coverage.

The Acerpure Clean V1 cordless vacuum cleaner is something that a user can look forward to his cleaning experiences as it provides not only cleanliness but makes sure that he experienced a very healthy and cozy environment. It cleans up to 99.99% dust mites using an Electric Mite Removal Brush to keep home healthy and comfortable. It also has a new hair-free technology which cleans up without worrying about long and short pet hair getting tangled up in the machine. Likewise, the Acerpure Clean Lite cordless vacuum cleaner, which uses an angled brush for house corners, keeps home free from irritants like dust and pet dander.

Energy consumption is a major consideration when buying home appliances but there’s nothing to worry when buying Acerpure air circulator as this product uses energy-efficient DC motor, a technology that makes aircon an inverter type.

Using a DC motor, the Acerpure Cozy F1 is considered an energy-efficient inverter-type electric fan or air circulator, along with Acerpure Cozy F2 and Acerpure Cool C2, which are ideal for the Filipino market. Aside from bringing comfort and low-cost energy consumption, these appliances assure users that the air direction reaches out to every place or corner of their house. Apart from these, Acerpure Clean V1 cordless vacuum cleaner also has an energy-efficient DC motor that cleans effectively with the use of an electric roller brush.

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Efficascent Boost launched, designed to provide powered-up ‘roll-axation’

Efficascent Boost is specifically created for the convenience of individuals on the move. This roll-on allows for quick and hassle-free application.



These days, one can hardly take a break to relax amid busy schedules. Millennials and Gen Z, in particular, are having a hard time catching up with the demands of work and side hustles. Some get overwhelmed by juggling multiple responsibilities and an active lifestyle, which can take a toll on one’s physical and mental well-being.

Enter Efficascent Boost, designed to provide that powered-up “roll-axation” for those quick breaks.

Easy-to-use roll-on applicator

Efficascent Boost is specifically created for the convenience of individuals on the move. This roll-on allows for quick and hassle-free application. Whether you’re at work, in the gym, or on a weekend adventure, Efficascent Boost can leave you rejuvenated with just a few swipes. Simply roll it onto your shoulders, back, and arms, and you’ll feel the cooling sensation and refreshing scent.

Cap massager for muscle relaxation

Efficascent Boost goes beyond just a roll-on applicator. It also features a cap massager that helps relax tired and sore muscles. Make the most of your break time by using the cap to gently massage your shoulders, back, and arms. Now you’re ready to take on the world even after a long day at work or an intense workout session.

Cooling sensation

The Efficascent Boost formula ensures that you experience a long-lasting invigorating effect when you are feeling hot and sweaty, or simply need a quick pick-me-up. The science behind cooling sensation has shown that it can help reduce pain and inflammation, making Efficascent Boost not only a relaxation tool, but also a potential aid for muscle recovery and relief from minor aches and pains.

Refreshing scent

In addition to its revitalizing properties, Efficascent Boost also boasts a refreshing scent that can awaken your senses. The pleasant aroma is carefully crafted to provide a calming effect to help you unwind. Whether you’re in a crowded subway or a stressful meeting, a quick application of Efficascent Boost will transport you to a state of tranquility. It harnesses the power of scent to enhance your relaxation experience.

Compact, convenient, and all-around

Efficascent Boost’s compact size and easy-to-use roll-on applicator make it the ideal companion for busy bees. Whether you’re traveling, working, or hanging out with friends, it can easily fit into your bag or pocket—relief right at your fingertips. Efficascent Boost is also not limited to just one area of the body. It can be applied to various parts, such as the neck, wrists, and even the soles of your feet.

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