Pill Splitting to Save Money

By: Ali Gorman, R.N.
By: Ali Gorman, R.N.

United Healthcare Corporation says their pill splitting initiative is voluntary and collaborated with doctors, but this initiative is starting to spread to other health insurance plans to save the company money. It's required and not voluntary.

Pharmacists say most often higher dose drugs cost the same as lower dose drugs so by cutting scored tablets, the price can also be cut, and while they say splitting pills can save a significant amount of money, it can also be dangerous for some people like the elderly or those with arthritis in their hands.

It can also lead to inaccurate doses, which is why local pharmacists say pill splitting should be offered but not required.


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