October 25, 2005

Saving On Medications

The Wall Street Journal noted today that "To save money on her own medications, Marilyn Stebbins, a clinical professor of pharmacy at the University of California at San Francisco, buys a "pill splitter" for $2. Prescription drugs often are priced depending on the number of pills, not on the size of the pills. So Dr. Stebbins sometimes buys her prescriptions at a higher dosage and then splits the pills in half, thereby obtaining some medications at a 50% discount. An important caveat: Check with your pharmacist about pill-splitting because it's not appropriate for all medications."


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