tablet splitting

tablet splitting

Dividing a pill into two (or more) parts to save money, make a pill easier to swallow, or create a dose that is not marketed by the manufacturer.

CAUTION!

The FDA recommends against this practice because it may produce unequal or nonstandardized medication doses.
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We have used the Targeted Intervention Strategies program as the main communication vehicle for our in-house tablet splitting program," said William A.
Many studies have concluded that the manual splitting of tablets, with and without tablet splitting devices, does not yield the desired results of an even split.
2002) studied tablet splitting by "elderly patients" aged 59-70.
ABP" or "the Company"), the inventor of patented scored tablet designs for easy and precise tablet splitting, believes their technologies comply with the Food and Drug Administration's ("FDA") newly released guidance for testing and data requirements for scored tablets.
In this study, the variance in estimated drug content due to uneven tablet splitting ranged anywhere from 50 to 150 percent of the ideal targets, meaning a patient would have no guarantee of consistently receiving the intended amount of medication throughout the course of therapy.
Studies of cost-savings associated with tablet splitting date back to 2002 when Stanford University researchers found that splitting pills from 11 medications commonly used in its health plan provided savings ranging from 23 percent to 50 percent.
PHILADELPHIA, May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Back and neck pain sufferers who divide the most frequently prescribed muscle relaxant may be getting anywhere from half to one-and-a-half times the amount of medicine they believe they are taking, suggests a new study examining the practice of tablet splitting.
SoLapharm is developing novel ACCU-BREAK(TM) pharmaceutical tablets, which the Company believes may provide an important and practical solution to the common problems of imprecise and/or difficult tablet splitting.
Twelve drugs commonly used by the elderly and subject to recommendations for tablet splitting by the Veterans Administration were found to split uniformly by several measures, including a target weight of 80% or greater.
In this context, tablet splitting can help preserve access to comprehensive, high quality drug benefits without impairing the quality of care.