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.
References in periodicals archive ?
Voluntary Tablet Splitting) Programs That May Be Desired By The County, Subject To Terms And Conditions To Be Agreed In Writing Between The Parties.
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.
Peek (1) et al., (2002) studied tablet splitting by "elderly patients" aged 59-70.
They found that "tablet splitting resulted in an unacceptably high incidence of weight variation", and recommended that "standards should be developed to uniformity of split tablets."
"Accuracy of Tablet Splitting by Elderly Patients." The Journal of the American Medical Association 288 No.4 (2002):139-145.
Effect of tablet splitting on serum cholesterol concentrations.
Accuracy of tablet splitting. Pharmacotherapy 1998; 18:193-197.
(8.) Tablet splitting: evaluating appropriateness for patients.