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It's Okay to Split Statin Drugs

Monday, 18 June 2007 12:00 AM

Patients can cut statin pills in half with no worries. A trial at the University of Michigan found that splitting pills was both safe and effective and could reduce the cost of prescriptions.

In a trial of 200 patients who took statin drugs, researchers found no difference in the lipids of those who split their pills and those who did not. Those patients who split their pills were given a free pill cutter at the beginning of the study. When the study ended, they said that cutting pills didn't make them less likely to take their drug regularly and said pill fragmentation wasn't a problem. Approximately 80 percent said that splitting the pills was "no big deal."

But, the patients wanted a share of the savings for their trouble. At the end of six months, 89 percent of patients in the pill-splitting group were willing to continue cutting their pills if they saved 50 percent of their co-pay cost for each refill.

Experts warn that before splitting pills, patients should make sure their prescription drugs can be safely split without risking their safety or effectiveness.

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