A nifty way to cut tablets without a pill cutter

WRITING ‘half a tablet’ on a script often leaves the patient searching under the kitchen table for the uncooperative tablet portions.

Some pharmacies sell gadgets to make bisecting easier, and fixing the tablet to the benchtop with adhesive tape before wielding the knife is another option.

Dr J Howell, of Geelong, has an even simpler suggestion. He writes “Place the tablet over a pen, put both thumbs together and press down.

The tablet is pulled apart and thus tends not to crumble. To produce quarters, first start with the score