Blog | Thursday, August 26, 2010

QD: News Every Day--Trimming costs by splitting pills

Patients are pill-splitting more to trim back health care costs, according to a poll by Consumer Reports. In the past year, 39% took some action cut costs.

The poll of more than 1,100 people found that 45% of people take at least one prescription drug, and average four. But, 27% said they didn't always comply with a prescription, and 38% of those younger than 65 without drug coverage didn't fill prescriptions at all.

Just over half of patients felt that doctors didn't consider their ability to pay when prescribing a drug, while nearly half blamed drugmaker's influence for physicians' prescribing habits. (HealthLeaders Media)