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A tough pill to swallow for senior citizens

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A tough pill to swallow for senior citizens

Multivitamins account for 72 per cent of pill-swallowing problems among the senior community. A study done by the American College of Physicians identifies a choking hazard in pills that is easily preventable. The US Food and Drug Administration recommends that generic tablets should not exceed 17mm in dimension, but all the top 10 hard-to swallow pills exceeded this.


First published: Oct 2019

Article sources and references

  • Annals of Internal Medicine, August 2019

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