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Pill Glide

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Context

Pill glide was developed by a pharmacist to help make swallowing tablets and capsules easier. Studies have shown over 50% of people (70% of children / young adults)  have reported issues swallowing tablets and capsules. The most frequent reasons cited were the tablets / capsules being to big, becoming stuck in the throat and having an unpleasant taste /odour. http://www.pillglide.co.uk

Aims

Pill glide has been developed to help make swallowing tablets / capsules easier which has proved especially valuable when trying to transition children and adults from liquid preparations to more commonly available tablets or capsules. Whilst the main aim of Pill Glide is to help with swallowing, it is also recognised that by switching to tablets / capsules there are opportnities to reduce costs, improve compliance (easier for parents / carers to transport) and reduce waste (tablets / capsules generally have a longer shelf life compared to liquid medication)

Description

Pill Glide works by creating a thin, lubricating, flavored coating around your pills.  Just spray two to three times in your mouth, put the pill on your tongue and swallow with a few sips of water. Pill Glide creates a thin barrier between your tongue and the tablet or capsule, you’ll only taste the flavour you chose; strawberry, orange, peach or grape . 

Implementation

Pill Glide is being used by a number of hospitals, learning and disability centres and care homes to help patients overcome difficulties with swallowing tablets / capsules and to help transition patients from liquid medication to less costly tablets / capsules. A number of studies have been conducted with peadiatric patients and have shown great success in transitioning patients from liquids to tablets, improving compliance and reducing the cost burden to the NHS

Suggestions for further implementation

Whilst Pill Glide was orginally developed to assist with swallowing tablets the strong flavoring of the liquid could be used to help mask the taste of liquid medication before administration.

Challenges and learning

We would introduce Pill Glide to hopitals pharmacies much earlier. Although a simple concept it has proved successful  for those using it with multiple and wide reaching benefits.

Quality assurance/MHRA registration

Pill Glide has been published and presented at a number of conferences, including most recently NPPG, where a presentation was given by Kerry Gaskell from Bristol Childrens Hospital. It was registered with MHRA as a class 1 medical device.Documents are available on line or from Kerry.Hinton@medicinesbydesign.com