Split the Pill, Split Your Bill FAQ

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How do I know if I can participate in the Tablet-Splitting Program?
Do I have to participate in the Tablet-Splitting Program?
How do I participate in the Table-Splitting Program?
Is it safe to split the medications in the Tablet-Splitting Program?
How does tablet splitting save money?
Can I split all of my other medications and save money?
Should I split all of my tablets in half at the same time?
Can my pharmacist change my current prescription?
What if I break or lose my tablet splitter?
Are all tablet splitters covered?
Is the Tablet-Splitting Program available through Mail Order or Choice90?

 

 

How do I know if I can participate in the Tablet-Splitting Program?
Discuss the program with your provider or local pharmacist. You may be able to participate in the program if you take one of the following medications:

Lipitor 10mg, 20mg or 40mg
Crestor 5mg, 10mg or 20mg
Simvastatin (generic Zocor) 5mg, 10mg, 20mg or 40mg
Pravastatin (generic Pravachol) 10mg, 20mg or 40mg
Lexapro 5mg or 10mg
Lamictal 12.5mg, 50mg, 75mg or 100mg
Benicar 10mg or 20mg
Benicar HCT 10/6.25mg, 20/6.25mg or 20/12.5mg

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Do I have to participate in the Tablet-Splitting Program?
No, the program is voluntary. You will just continue taking your medication as prescribed and pay your same copayment. Nothing will change.

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How do I participate in the Tablet-Splitting Program?
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You will need a new prescription from your provider OR your pharmacist may contact your provider for a new prescription for you.
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The new prescription will include:
 
A higher strength tablet
 
Quantity of 15 for a 30-day supply
 
New directions to take 1/2 tablet daily
 
Tablet splitter
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Take the new prescription to your local pharmacy to be filled.
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Ask you pharmacist to submit a claim for an approved tablet splitter through your prescription benefit for $0 copayment.
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You will pay 50% or half your usual copayment on your medication.
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Split your tablet in half with a tablet splitter and take as directed by your provider.

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Is it safe to split the medications in the Tablet-Splitting Program?
Yes, the selected medications are safe and easy to split. It is common for one-half of the tablet to be slightly larger than the other half. Small changes in dosage from day to day will not alter the clinical results of these medications. It is best to split one tablet at a time.

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How does tablet splitting save money?
Some medications, like the ones selected for this program, cost about the same for all the different strengths. So, Lipitor 20mg costs the same per tablet as the higher strength Lipitor 40mg. Buying a quantity of 15 tablets at a higher strength provides 30 days worth of medication by splitting the tablets in half and decreases the cost of the medication. FirstCarolinaCare is passing along the cost-savings by decreasing the cost of your copayment in half or by 50%. For example, if you usually pay $35 per month, you will save 50% on your copayment and pay $17.50 by participating in the Tablet-Splitting Program.

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Can I split all of my other medications and save money?
No, the program is currently only available for Crestor, Lipitor, Simvastatin (generic Zocor), Pravastatin (generic Pravachol), Lexapro, Lamictal, Benicar and Benicar HCT.
Not all medications are safe to split. Always ask your provider or local pharmacist before splitting your medications.

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Should I split all of my tablets in half at the same time?
No, it is recommended to split 1 tablet at a time. This will help ensure constant drug levels and prevent the medication from breaking down.

 

 

Can my pharmacist change my current prescription?
No, your pharmacist cannot change your current prescription without your provider’s approval. Your pharmacist may contact your provider to inquire about participation in the program.

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What if I break or lose my tablet splitter?
Ask you pharmacist to “fill” another approved tablet splitter for you at $0 copayment. FCC will pay for 2 approved tablet splitters per year. You will be responsible for any additional tablet splitters needed.

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Are all tablet splitters covered?
No, only the selected tablet splitters below are covered:

• NDC #25715-0671-37 — Ezy Dose Pill Splitter
• NDC #02571-5670-15 — Ezy Dose Tablet Cutter
• NDC #02571-5674-01 — Ezy Dose Tablet Cutter
• NDC #25715-0670-15 — Ezy Dose Tablet Cutter
• NDC #02571-5678-56 — Ezy Dose Safety Shield Tablet Cutter
• NDC #02571-5678-20 — Ezy Dose Deluxe Safety Tablet Cutter
• NDC #02571-5677-67 — Ezy Dose Deluxe Tablet Cutter
• NDC #02571-5678-30 — Ezy Dose Adult-Lock Safety Tablet Cutter
• NDC #02571-5678-20 — Eckerd Adult-Lock Safety Tablet Cutter
• NDC #11917-0064-11 — Walgreens Safety-Shield Tablet Cutter
• NDC #73913-1541-33 — Pill Splitter
• NDC #49614-0125-94 — Pill Splitter

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Is the Tablet-Splitting Program available through Mail Order or Choice90?
No, it is only available in a 30-day supply from your local pharmacy.

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