The paradox of scored tablets: a cost-saving risk

Pharmazie. 2009 Aug;64(8):550-2.


One of the cornerstones of pharmacotherapy is the proper dose of medicine, which should ideally be tailored to the individual patient. However, even if clinically possible, this is economically not feasible as a too large number of different dosage strengths would be required. Therefore, a balance is required between the patient's benefit/risk and the cost to the individual and society on the other hand. Scored or splitted tablets were, and still are, often used strategies to these opposite interests, enabling more dose-flexibility, but also at the same time increasing the dose-variability as a consequence of the breaking process. The question of how to deal with this paradox was investigated by exploring the prevalence and classification of scored tablets as well as the cost-benefits. A strategy for clinical pharmacologists is presented to improve the outcome of this paradox.

MeSH terms

  • Cost Savings
  • Drug Industry
  • Insurance, Health
  • Legislation, Drug
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations / administration & dosage*
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations / analysis
  • Pharmacists
  • Risk
  • Tablets / economics*


  • Pharmaceutical Preparations
  • Tablets