Tiny Tablets Are A Hazard In An Aging Population.Updated
As the U.S. population rapidly ages, I believe that a tablet's size must be made manageable for increasing numbers of us with arthritis, back and neck problems, myopia, shaky hands, etc.
Miniscule pills dropped and lost on household floors require one to stop everything and crawl on hands and knees with reading glasses and a flashlight to find every last sucker --or better still, immediate vacuuming, as they are a lethal menace to infants and pets if left.
I was dispensed generic clonidine HCl, 0.1 mg, manufactured by Actavis. This tablet's size is so maddeningly tiny that it's nearly impossible to shake just one from the container and get it into my mouth without dropping it or several more on the floor.
Ironically, this med is commonly prescribed for nerve-related motor dysfunction such as tardive dyskinesia.
Appeals to Actavis (one of the world's largest maker of generics) go unheard.
This inane problem is easily remedied, as many tablets are largely compressed filler anyway, but it requires overcoming bureaucratic inertia in the FDA through your pressure and mine.
What interest do pharmas have in installing new, larger dies for their pill presses? No profit there.
This is an FDA matter. I don't know if rules exist on minimum pill size, but they certainly ought to.
If you agree, please involve yourself.
You just might save a toddler's life.
If you would like to voice your opinions to the U.S. FDA, you can call their toll free number, which is 888-INFO-FDA and then follow the directory for the right department to make your opinion known.
However, you should know that to make the pills larger, they would have to use more inactive filler products and, in turn, this would raise prices even further.
Have you considered asking your pharmacy if they will package your medications for you? Some of them will put them in small blister packs, in individual doses, to make it easier for their customers.
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