Insurers, PBMs divide over pill splitting

Gonzalez, Gloria
July 2006
Business Insurance;7/31/2006, Vol. 40 Issue 31, p4
This article reports on the efforts of a small number of health insurers, led by UnitedHealth Group Inc., in promoting the practice of pill splitting as a smart way to save on prescription drug costs. While other insurers and pharmacy benefit managers also make pill-splitting programs available for self-insured employers, they do not encourage the practice out of concern that any emphasis on pill splitting undermines more effective cost savings opportunities, namely the promotion of increased use of generic drugs. Pill splitting is seen as a way for health plans, employers and members to all save money on prescription drug costs.


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