Patients´Experiences of Splitting Tablets
Clinical Medicine Research
Volume 2, Issue 4, July 2013, Pages: 58-62
Received: May 16, 2013; Published: Jun. 30, 2013
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B E Anders Ekedahl, Linnæus University, Kalmar, Sweden; Medical Products Agency, Uppsala, Sweden
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Objectives: To examine what patients do when they have a prescription with a dosage where tablets must be split. Methods: Interviews were performed at 12 pharmacies across Sweden with pharmacy customers who had prescriptions with a dosage meaning that the tablets have to be divided to give the prescribed individual dose. Key findings: Of the 436 pharmacy customers interviewed, 255 (58.5%) reported they divided the tablets without tools and 162 (37.2%) used tools, the most common was a knife. Only few used a tablet splitter. Almost every third patient (31.4%) stated they had problems to divide the tablets. Conclusions: Patients’ difficulties in splitting tablets are common, but seem to be overlooked. Pharmacists should be permitted to adjust dispensing to a strength corresponding to the prescribed dosage level, price policies with flat prices need to be revised to eliminate economic incentives to prescribe dosages with split tablets and a computerised decision support should be developed signalling when there is a suitable strength for the prescribed individual dose.
Tablet Splitting; Patient Experiences; Drug Related Problem; Sweden, Community Pharmacies
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B E Anders Ekedahl, Patients´Experiences of Splitting Tablets, Clinical Medicine Research. Vol. 2, No. 4, 2013, pp. 58-62. doi: 10.11648/j.cmr.20130204.14
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