Larry entered the health profession in the early 1970s and at that time when many health practitioners were concerned about a phenomenon called “poly-pharmacy”, a situation where a person is simultaneously taking multiple drugs. The upper limit was around 5, at which point the potential for serious side effects was pronounced. Today, that concept is rarely mentioned and it is not uncommon for a person to be using 10, 15 or more drugs every day. That can’t be healthy.

Those drugs and their metabolites end up in our water supply. Even people who don’t intentionally use them can potentially suffer from their effects. Drugs cost billions of dollars and contribute greatly to the outrageous cost of health care. Drugs are important. I don’t disagree. They have helped so many people be healthier. The problem is that all of us seem to have lost our perspective about the real need for medications. If we need drugs to survive it means either that we have been designed improperly, or that we have damaged a perfectly good body. I conclude that we are built appropriately. I long for a time when we are truly concerned about people who use three or more drugs every day.

Too Many People Take Too Many Drugs. That’s my motto based on several decades of experience and study. I sometimes refer to myself as a “recovering pharmacist”, NOT meaning a problem with abuse. But over the years my awareness of the potential risks from drugs has increased to the point where I could never work again in a “traditional” drugstore – one of the most common of stores. I retain my license to practice, but I can never bring myself to participate in a process that I know in my heart is excessive, wrong-headed, and extremely dangerous. My first book was published in January 2011 and is titled, “The UnDruggist: A Tale of Modern Apothecary and Wellness, January 2011


  • Marmion

[Military] Academy, Aurora, IL 1964 graduate

  • Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL, business, and pre-pharmacy
  • University of Illinois College of Pharmacy, Chicago, IL, 1971 graduate, B.S. in Pharmacy
  • Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, 1975 graduate, Masters in Management, emphasis in Marketing and Human Resources
  • Loyola University, Chicago, IL, 1998 graduate, M.A., Philosophy, specialty in Medical Ethics
  • 1969 – 1975  Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL(Staff Pharmacist, Pharmacist Supervisor)
  • 1975 – 1982  Jackson Park Hospital, Chicago, IL (Director of Pharmacy, Director of Central Services)
  • 1982 – 1983  DOCS Drugs, Darien, IL and Wheaton, IL (Staff Pharmacist)
  • 1983 – 1993  Medicine Shoppe, Aurora, IL  Owner / Pharmacist (Retail pharmacy)
  • 1986 – 2006  Option Care, Aurora, ILÂOwner / Pharmacist (Home Infusion services
  • 1998 – present The Compounder, Aurora, IL Owner / Pharmacist (Specialty Compounding, hormone balancing, pain relief)
  • Consultant to Ethics Outreach Service at Loyola University, Chicago
  • Teaching Assistant in Ethics, Midwest College of Medicine, Downers Grove, IL
  • Adjunct Professor for numerous colleges of pharmacy
  • Seminar Presenter at a variety of regional and national meetings
  • Speaker at the International Seminar of the Professional Compounding Centers of America, January 2000
  • Invited speaker at the First International Conference on LDN (Low Dose Naltrexone)
  • Past consultant to the Ethics Committee at Provena Mercy Medical Center, Aurora, IL
  • Past member of the Institutional Review Board at Mercy Provena Medical Center, Aurora, IL
  • Health Management / Policy Analysis / Pharmacy / Pain Management
  • Situation Analysis / Report Writing
  • Drug elimination consultations
  • Hormone replacement evaluation
  • Public Speaking / Teaching / Seminar Leader
  • Lector, Proclaiming the Word of God at Liturgy
  • Ethics Training and Organization
  • Computer Operation and Applications
  • Working to dramatically reduce the use of statin drugs
  • End-of-Life Issues / Organ and Tissue Transplantation / Pain and Suffering
  • Pharmaceutical Compounding / Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Reading: philosophy, theology, ethics, fiction
  • Information Technology / Computer Graphics
  • Helping people reduce the number of prescription drugs they take
  • Removing toxic substances from our water supply
  • Community Service with The Kiwanis Club
  • Trap Shooting – and some skeet as well
  • Short driving vacations with my best friend
  • Professional Compounding Centers of America
  • International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists
  • Downers Grove Sportsmen’s Club
  • Aurora Noon Kiwanis – President 2013-2014
  • Use of a Microcomputer in the Management of Antibiotic Dosage, Friedell, PE, Friedell, MT, Frieders, LJ, J. of Medical Systems, Vol. 6, No. 3, 1982
  • Can Cancer Pain Be Relieved?, published and distributed by the American Life League, Stafford, VA, 1997
  • Innovative Uses of Compounded Tranilast: An Interview with Compounding Pharmacist Larry J. Frieders, RPh
  • Patients or Clients? Int J of Compounding Pharmacy Jul/Aug 2006
  • Innovative Uses of Compounded Tranilast, Int Journal of Compounding Pharmacy Mar/Apr 2007
  • Contributor to The Voice newspaper in Aurora, Illinois
  • Contributor to the book, Natural Medicine 101: How to Win the Medical Information War and Take Control of Your Health, by Dr. Jeffrey Dach
  • Contributor to The Voice newspaper
  • The UnDruggist: A Tale of Modern Apothecary and Wellness, January 2011