This is pretty good speed, 16 pills a minute and gets the job done accurately. Now this may not sound like a big deal, but when you may not be able to get a lower strength of a medication, it can be a big deal. Many facilities are not stocking lower dosage medications to save money too.
Also, when you do it yourself, how accurate can you be and do you lose part of the pill? Having pills split can also save on co-pays. BD
TCGRx (TCG), one of North America's leading suppliers of pharmacy equipment, announced the commercial availability of the BullsEye Tablet Splitter, an innovative device that quickly and accurately splits medication with an industry-leading two percent variability between the split halves. Other products on the market frequently crush or split tablets unequally, which may put patient safety at risk. Additionally, existing products are difficult to clean, which can lead to potential contamination of medications. The BullsEye Tablet Splitter can automatically split up to 16 pills per minute and contains a replaceable blade and HEPA filter to decrease potential contamination.
Many health insurers, including UnitedHealthcare, Aetna, Medical Mutual, Dean Healthcare and others, offer tablet-splitting programs that allow their participants to significantly cut their co-pay costs on their medication. Conversely, some healthcare payers delay or even deny payment for lower strengths of certain medications; this often requires that pharmacies and other healthcare facilities split tablets in order to fulfill prescriptions.
"People ask us to split pills for them and we do our best, but the old-fashioned pill splitters can cause crumbling," said Darden Heritage, president of Star Discount Pharmacy in Huntsville, Ala., and a 20-year pharmacy veteran. "They split pills, but not accurately, so you're actually wasting time and money."