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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Top 10 Drugs Prescribed For Workers Compensation Claims

A recent study by NCCI Holdings, Inc. reports the top 10 most popular drugs prescribed for workers' compensation claims.
  1. OXYCONTIN® 
  2. LIDODERM® 
  3. HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 
  4. LYRICA® 
  5. CELEBREX® 
  6. GABAPENTIN 
  7. SKELAXIN® 
  8. CYMBALTA® 
  9. MELOXICAM 
  10. CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 
Workers compensation medical costs per claim average more than $6,000 and soar to nearly $25,000 for lost-time claims. The report examined workers compensation prescription drug (Rx) use, a medical expense that makes up 19% of all workers compensation (WC) medical costs.

    Other key findings of the report were:
    • The indicated Rx share of total medical is 19%; this is slightly higher than the estimate given in the 2010 update
    • OxyContin® climbs from the number 3 WC drug in Service Year 2008 to number 1 in Service Year 2009 
    • Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen drops from the top WC drug in Service Year 2008 to number 3 in Service Year 2009 
    • Recent overall cost increases are driven more by utilization increases than by price increases 
    • Physician dispensing continues to increase in Service Year 2009 in almost every state 
    • Increased physician dispensing is associated with increased drug costs per claim 
    • Per-claim Rx costs vary significantly by state
    For over 3 decades the Law Offices of Jon L. Gelman  1.973.696.7900  jon@gelmans.com have been representing injured workers and their families who have suffered occupational accidents and illnesses.