Injured workers receiving multiple prescriptions from various doctors poses risk for drug interactions, duplication of therapy, harmful side effects and abuse or misuse.
High costs of compounded medications coupled with safety and efficacy concerns for injured workers warrant immediate action.
Opioids remain the costliest therapy class, yet Express Scripts management programs drove down utilization for fifth consecutive year.
While rising costs per prescription is still a concern, Express Scripts’ effective utilization management programs helped to stabilize the increase in drug trend.
Using our expertise in the behavioral sciences, we communicate directly with injured workers about the safety concerns of compounded medications to encourage safer drug choices, while providing cost savings for payers.
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Overall drug trend for workers’ compensation increased 9.5%, according to the Express Scripts Workers’ Compensation Drug Trend Report.