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Note that the information provided here is designed to support, not replace, the relationship between the HPEN consumer and his or her physician. All issues, ideas, suggestions, etc. should be discussed with your health care provider prior to use. Medical information is reviewed by clinicians in a relevant field, but inclusion here does not imply endorsement by the Oley Foundation.

Many of these ideas were sent to us by Oley members. Where applicable, click on “member advice” to read the original suggestion.

Do you have another approach or product that works for you? Send your ideas to Lisa Metzger, metzgel@mail.amc.edu or The Oley Foundation, 214 Hun Memorial, MC-28, Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY 12208. We’d love to expand this useful resource.


  • Mortar and Pestle: (member advice); Ceramic mortar and pestle, available in kitchen supply store (Lechters, William-Sonoma, Crate & Barrel, etc.), for various prices.

  • Pill Crusher:  CrushCup/Pill Splitter Set by CGS Inc.

  • The PillCrusher™ by Welcon: (member advice); A syringe that allows the user to crush tablet medications, draw up water, and administer the medication—all with one device. We found the cheapest sources for purchasing The PillCrusher were:

1. Nurse Assist in Fort Worth, Texas (www.nurseassist.com) Call toll-free (800) 649-6800 and ask for item #3305. The price quoted in January 2013 was $31 for a case of 30 syringes. *Please note: As of January 2013, Nurse Assist had a $100 minimum for ordering by phone.

2. Riding Warehouse in San Luis Obispo, California (www.ridingwarehouse.com) Call toll-free (888) 420-4327. The priced quoted in October 2013 was $1.95 each, or $14 for 10 syringes.


Updated 2/8/16

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This website is an educational resource. It is not intended to provide medical advice or recommend a course of treatment. You should discuss all issues, ideas, suggestions, etc. with your clinician prior to use. Clinicians in a relevant field have reviewed the medical information; however, the Oley Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy of the information presented, and is not liable if information is incorrect or incomplete. If you have questions please contact Oley staff.

 

Updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. 

 

This website was updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. This website is an educational resource. It is not intended to provide medical advice or recommend a course of treatment. You should discuss all issues, ideas, suggestions, etc. with your clinician prior to use. Clinicians in a relevant field have reviewed the medical information; however, the Oley Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy of the information presented, and is not liable if information is incorrect or incomplete. If you have questions please contact Oley staff.
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