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Soller and Stebbins discuss drug savings and safety in LA Times

William Soller, PhD, and Marilyn Stebbins, PharmD, faculty members in the UCSF School of Pharmacy’s Department of Clinical Pharmacy, were sources for a July 25, 2011 Los Angeles Times feature about the safety and effectiveness of saving money by splitting pills or taking medications after their expiration date.

Soller, executive director of the department’s Center for Consumer Self Care, weighed in on which drugs and types of pills were safe to split and why safety is typically not an issue for recently expired medications.

Stebbins, who helps consumers save on drugs via the PRICE (Pharmacists Review to Increase Cost-Effectiveness) Clinic in Sacramento, noted that in some cases drugs with double the dosage cost the same, so pill splitting represents a painless economy.

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