Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of Express Scripts’ 11th edition of its Workers’ Compensation Drug Trend Report, which found that the company was able to lower prescription drug spending for workers’ compensation payers by 7.6 percent in 2016.
Opioids remained the most expensive therapy class in 2016, and made up 13 of the top 25 workers’ compensation medications, but for the sixth year, overall opioid trend decreased. In 2016, trend decreased 13.4% which Express Scripts’ attributed to its clinical solutions, aggressive client management, and state and federal opioid regulatory trends. Spending on on compounded medications also decreased for a third consecutive year, with a 2016’s trend of -28.6% driven by a 31% decrease in utilization. Express Scripts also noted the difference in the average cost of physician-dispensed medications, at $219.25, compared to $110.16 for pharmacy-dispensed.
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