Why learning how to swallow pills is good for patients, parents, and the planet

Nuala Hampson
Nuala Hampson • 12 January 2024

BMJ Sustainable Practice article describing the benefits of prescribing pills (tablets, capsules etc) rather than liquid.
Key points:
Pills are likely to have a reduced environmental impact compared with an equivalent dose of liquid medication, with less packaging and less wasted medicine
Pill swallowing is an important life skill that can improve dosing accuracy and adherence
Young patients often prefer pills to liquids. Pills contain fewer additives, need fewer doses, and have a longer shelf life
Children can successfully learn to swallow pills from the age of 4

Resource author(s)
Emma Lim, Emily Parker, Nicola Vasey
Resource publishing organisation(s) or journal
Resource publication date
January 2024

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