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Pill splitting : Making the most of meds in a time of need University of British Columbia. Therapeutics Initiative


This special edition of the Therapeutics Letter examines pill splitting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Conclusions: Consider deprescribing. Does this patient really need this medication? Could one try stopping it? Consider pill splitting to stretch prescriptions and save money. This may assist social distancing or quarantine, and extend drug supplies. Halving the dose can work well for many indications. Splitting a larger pill can maintain dose at lower cost. Some drugs, e.g. anticoagulants (“blood thinners”) should not be split. Patients considering this strategy should talk with their prescriber or dispensing pharmacist, if possible.

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