Do not crush extended-release pills
Medication errors can happen in any healthcare setting. According to the CDC, it is estimated that more than 700,000 individuals are seen in hospital emergency departments for adverse drug events each year in the U.S. One area that is prone to completely preventable adverse drug events is the administration of extended release products.
Many doctors prescribe extended-release drugs for elderly patients due to the less-frequent dosing benefits that these medications provide. However, it is crucial that extended-release medications remain intact before administration. In fact, crushing or cutting extended-release products can cause patients to initially receive an overdose of the drug – and to receive an insufficient level of medication to obtain the desired effect during the remainder of the extended-release timeframe.