Affordable Drugs: Saving Money by Splitting Pills

Written by Gary Cordingley

One ofrepparttar least appreciated cost-savers in medical treatment isrepparttar 150075 simple act of splitting pills. Suppose you're a U.S. citizen with depression who needs to take Lexapro brand of escitalopram oxalate, a commonly prescribed antidepressant, at a typical starting dose of 10 milligrams (mg) per day. Let's figure out how much your treatment will cost, both by month and by day.

For purposes of illustration I'll use prices shown online at If you buy thirty Lexapro 10-mg tablets (which is howrepparttar 150076 prescription is usually written) it will cost you $70.15 per month or $2.34 per day to get treated. But what if you buy Lexapro 20-mg tablets and take a half-pill each day? Medically, this treatment isrepparttar 150077 same. But look what happens to unit prices. Thirty Lexapro 20-mg tablets cost $69.99. We need just 10 mg per day, so we splitrepparttar 150078 20-mg tablets in half to make our 10-mg doses. (The tablets are even scored to make this easy.) In this case it costs you just $35.00 per month or $1.17 per day to get treated. Your daily price just dropped by half!

Isn't that amazing? And it's not just an isolated example. If you do a similar analysis for many other drugs, you'll find that taking half of a double-strength pill costs substantially less than taking all of a regular-strength pill. Or another way of saying this is thatrepparttar 150079 cost of a month's treatment is driven more byrepparttar 150080 number of pills involved than byrepparttar 150081 total number of milligrams taken.

Is this an accident of pricing? Should we be whispering about this? Is this pulling something over onrepparttar 150082 drug companies? Hardly. If you think that multi-billion-dollar companies trading onrepparttar 150083 New York Stock Exchange make pricing mistakes, then I've got some choice swamp-land in Florida I'd love to sell you.

So why would drug companies create these pricing mismatches (read: opportunities)? To understand this, let's walk through two prescribing scenarios. First, suppose a doctor is prescribing Lexapro to a patient who is lucky enough to have drug insurance. The patient pays a predetermined co-payment for each month's worth of medication, so he or she hasrepparttar 150084 exact same out-of-pocket expense whichever wayrepparttar 150085 prescription is written. So willrepparttar 150086 doctor write for thirty 10-mg pills or fifteen 20-mg pills?

Your guess is probably right—the prescription will be written forrepparttar 150087 larger number of lower-strength pills. The retailer andrepparttar 150088 drug company will get full price. They're happy. The patient doesn't need to break tablets in half andrepparttar 150089 doctor doesn't need to take time to explain why pills have to be broken, so they're happy. What's not to like? The only loser isrepparttar 150090 insurance company. Dorepparttar 150091 doctor orrepparttar 150092 patient care? (Let's see, how many favors hasrepparttar 150093 insurance company done forrepparttar 150094 doctor and patient lately?)

Now here'srepparttar 150095 second prescribing scenario. Joe Workingman has no drug insurance and has to shell out cash to pay forrepparttar 150096 full price of medication. The doctor feels that 10 mg daily of Lexapro is needed. This time,repparttar 150097 doctor prescribes fifteen Lexapro 20-mg pills per month, instructingrepparttar 150098 patient to take a half-pill per day. Medically, there is no loss of efficacy. The patient is pleased to pay less money. The doctor is a hero for being thoughtful and clever. Becauserepparttar 150099 doctor still prescribedrepparttar 150100 same product,repparttar 150101 drug company is happy. (The drug company would rather get half their price than nothing. Besides, they've already priced this scenario into their drug.)

Japanese weight loss secret.

Written by Mimi-chan

Recently, I read an article from Japanese magazine that by consuming agar-agar (dried-kanten) with our favorite teas, we can lose weight, and yet still maintain a feeling of fullness, according to Professor Takako Yasuoka of Yokohama Soei Junior College in Kanagawa. Because it was deemed safe,repparttar Japanese valued agar-agar as part of their diet from ancient times. In its dehydrated state of weight, agar-agar supposedly contains 81% of dietary fiber, which makes it a highest content of fiber among all foods! Due to its unique chemical property, when you dissolve agar-agar in boiled water and refrigerate it, it sets. So, when you consume agar-agar with your tea 10 minutes before your meal, you can attain a felling of fullness without overeating. Agar-agar is attained from various kinds of sea weeds. Agar-agar dissolves in boiling water at 80C and gets set below 40C.

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