Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the TDI-DWC’s recent release of a new analysis that found that the Texas pharmacy closed formulary is lowering costs and reducing the use of opioids in the state’s workers’ comp system.
The closed formulary requires prior approval before a doctor can prescribe certain drugs, also known as “N” drugs, which include 25 brands of opioid pain relievers, muscle relaxants, antidepressants, and cannabinoids. Key findings from the report included that total drug costs fell 15%, while costs for “not recommended” N drugs fell by 80%, and prescriptions for opioids on the N-drug list dropped by 81%. The use of other opioids also fell by 8%.
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