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January 21, 2022

BehindTheMedspeak: Double-blade pill splitter


[Above, 2016 Equadose pill splitter (blue plastic top) in foreground; Great Gray Cat clearly prefers the new kid on the block, the EqualSplit device.]

Longtime readers may recall my 2016 post on the then new, revolutionary Equadose pill splitter.

Or they may have long since forgotten it.

No matter.

There's a new contender in town.


Why is this one (above) better than the Equadose?

One reason — but to me it's convincing.

This one cuts by moving one cutting blade in a direct line with the opposing blade (below).


The previous champ employs a cutting edge that subtends an arc until it hits pay dirt (below).


An analogy: most audiophiles of the vinyl ilk (this is my assumption, not fact-based: I am not among them) prefer an arm that tracks perpendicular to each groove in a record rather than an arc.

In the case of cutting a pill, more accuracy; same with picking up every nuance and note from the vinyl.

Both pill splitters are made of aluminum with a plastic cover.

The new champ (below) — which is smaller,


lighter, and 33% cheaper than the previous incumbent (below),


but every bit as solid and well made — costs $19.95 (pills included with orders from Atlanta's southern suburbs: please specify Paxil or Prozac).

Related: my November 23, 2021 post entitled "BehindTheMedspeak: Pill Hack."

January 21, 2022 at 08:01 AM | Permalink


Pills aren't quite "solid" in the traditional sense - they're an aggregated powder (like microscale concrete) which means an even fracture will be difficult unless they're well scored. Best method is top-down with a very sharp (single edge) razor blade, but I can see the use if someone can't manage to hold that steady.

Posted by: Scott | Jan 22, 2022 12:14:08 AM

Tell you what, hold the Paxil, hold the Prozac, make it a small handful of 5mg Percocets for my current knee pain. Pharmacy won't give me more than 5 tablets because - get this - I haven't taken any in the past year. 🤯

I'll be waiting by the mailbox, if I can make it out there.

Posted by: Flautist | Jan 21, 2022 11:00:50 AM

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