Invention of the Week #15: Making Peace with Pills

14 Mar 2009

Rich Sloan

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This week’s featured invention is “Rotatable Pill Splitter”, from inventor Walt Cheney.  Walt works with our invention commercialization partner, Invention Home, to help him find marketing/licensing opportunities for his invention.  Walt created, prototyped, and patented a unique product to ease the task of splitting medications in halves and/or quarters.


Rotatable Pill Splitter gives individuals a convenient and simple way to halve and quarter pills with great accuracy. This useful product consists of a lid, a base with interchangeable pill beds to accommodate various sizes of pills (even odd-shaped ones), and a lower splitter. 


To use, the consumer selects the pill bed fitting his/her medication and places it on the base.  Then the pill is laid in the pill bed, which holds the pill in place firmly as the splitter is used to facilitate the halving of the medication. The pill is then removed and halved the rest of the way with the hands. Each component fits together securely during use, and the pill beds store conveniently within the base unit. 


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