Texas Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Rod Bordelon told the Texas House Committee on Public Overall health that the amount and value of opioid drug prescriptions in the Texas workers’ compensation method has declined.
Testifying prior to the committee on April 7, Bordelon explained the adoption of new pharmacy principles has developed positive outcomes.
Given that the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) implemented a closed pharmacy formulary for the remedy of injured workers, Bordelon advised Committee Chairwoman Lois Kolkhorst and committee members, the quantity of “not-recommended” or “N-drug” prescriptions have declined 74 percent and the cost of those prescriptions has dropped 82 % from 2010 to 2011.
Opioid drug prescriptions have fallen 10 percent given that the implementation of the formulary. The closed pharmacy formulary took impact for new workers’ compensation claims on Sept. 1, 2011, and for older claims on Sept. 1, 2013.
“There is no disputing the expanding concern more than the abuse of prescription medication, specifically opioids,” Bordelon mentioned. “It’s a severe issue in well being care, including workers’ compensation.
“We are seeing substantial downward trends in opioid drug prescriptions in the treatment method of injured employees in Texas,” he said. “The new closed formulary, along with evidence-based mostly treatment method recommendations, utilization testimonials and enforcement efforts, has helped combat overutilization of pointless medicines in Texas, while safeguarding medically needed care that promotes an injured employee’s ability to return to work rapidly and securely.”
The closed formulary contains all FDA-accredited drugs, except for investigational and experimental medicines and excludes medicines listed as “not recommended” in Appendix A of DWC’s adopted treatment method guidelines.
Under the formulary, prescriptions for “N drugs” have to be preauthorized by the insurance coverage carrier ahead of currently being dispensed to an injured employee.
The Committee on Public Overall health was asked by Texas Property Speaker Joe Straus to “assess the prevalence of nonmedical prescription drug use in the state (such as opioid analgesics, stimulants, tranquilizers, and sedatives) and deal with adverse health impacts.”
Supply: Texas Department of Insurance coverage – Division of Workers’ Compensation