Pill-splitting: Correctly used, it can benefit patients and serve society

August 15, 2011

As with many things in medicine, the use of pill-splitting can have both positive and negative consequences, depending on how it is applied.

Key Points

It is important to note that no well-controlled studies have demonstrated adverse impacts on clinical outcomes, and several have shown that outcomes are similar between those who cut their pills and those who do not.

To be sure, documented events have occurred as a result of inappropriate use of pill-splitting. This article will outline some of the benefits, risks, and considerations that should be used when pill-splitting is employed with any patient or population.