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I just read your article "The Opportunity for Innovative Thinking: Medicare Part D" and would agree the splitting pills could save 8 million Lipitor users in the U.S. up to $1,000 per year.

As I am sure you are aware, Pfizer’s Lipitor is the largest selling prescription drug in the World at $13 Billion per year with U. S. sales exceeding $8 Billion. Lipitor is available in 10mg, 20mg, 40mg or 80mg tablets – all sold at the same price, and costs the average user $1,300 per year. (The 10mg dose is slightly cheaper.)

Splitting Lipitor tablets in half or quarters results in the following savings every year:
* Splitting the 80 mg Lipitor tablet into quarters will save $1,001 per year.
* Splitting the 80 mg Lipitor tablet in half will save $668 per year.
* Splitting the 40 mg Lipitor tablet in half will save $655 per year.
* Splitting the 20 mg Lipitor tablet in half will save $328 per year.

Splitting pills is not a new idea, but many people do not get accurate results with the typical $5 drugstore pillcutter. To address this problem, we have developed the Swiss Pill Cutter for Lipitor which precisely and easily splits the 80mg, 40mg and 20mg tablets in half, and the 80mg tablet into quarters.

To put this whole pill cutter issue in perspective, one should note that more than eight million people in the U. S. use Lipitor and most of them could significantly reduce their prescription drug costs by the simple act of splitting the tablets in half. The savings would dwarf those offered by the PPA or Canadian pharmacies or many other programs debated in Congress. And, we are only talking about one prescription drug.

Ken Welch

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