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- pharmaceutical preparations
- drug incompatibility
- pharmacy administration
- pharmacy service
- medical errors
Dysphagia occurs in any age group although it is more common among elderly people. An ageing population is associated with the risk of an increasing incidence of dysphagic patients for whom it is necessary to implement a medication review that includes a careful evaluation of pharmaceutical forms. Dysphagia can severely undermine nutrition, impair quality of life, and affect patients’ ability to take solid oral dosage forms, thus compromising medication adherence.1
When therapeutic alternatives other than solid oral pharmaceutical forms do not exist, tablet crushing becomes an option to be seriously investigated. This action may seem a futile act, too often delegated to the nursing staff without …
Contributors The authors contributed equally to the work.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.