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New Insights for Pain Management

Many work injuries are treated with powerful narcotics. Read about a treatment approach that focuses on patient education and engagement.

Health-focused managed care: Pharmacy benefit management services

It's no secret prescription drug spending represents a disproportionately high percentage of workers' compensation costs. This white paper discusses a recent NCCI study on rising prescription drug costs and Sedgwick’s pharmacy solutions for clients.

2012 First Script Pharmacy Trend Analysis

Despite significant outside influences on the cost of prescriptions, First Script’s clients experienced a 5.3% decrease in drug utilization due to our management programs. This, and other trends, are outlined in the 2012 Pharmacy Trend Analysis.

Opioid Analgesics Have the Potential to Affect Every Major Body System

Society is aware of the risks of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose, and even death that come with the use of opioid analgesics, yet many overlook how chronic pain and opioid analgesics can affect the systems in the body.

Safe and Appropriate Use of Opioids Begins at the Moment of Injury

With increasing emergency room visits due to the misuse or abuse of opioid analgesics, a medication largely used in the workers’ comp industry, payers are seeking tools to reduce their misuse or abuse. Learn about the success of such a tool.

Study Investigates Effectiveness of Compounds

A recent study found no clinical evidence that compounds are more effective than commercially available, manufactured drugs.

Shifting the Emphasis of Medication Management Beyond Transaction Costs

By employing cost and utilization strategies to lower workers' compensation costs, we can work together to mitigate the factors that influence medication spend, while also improving outcomes for injured workers.

Specialty Drugs in Workers' Compensation: A Guide for Claims Managers

Twenty years ago there were only 10 specialty drugs on the market and they were rarely seen in workers’ compensation. Today there are over 300, and drugs such as anticoagulants and antivirals are making their way into claims.

Utilization Patterns of Compounded Medication

The 2013 Workers’ Compensation Drug Trend Report highlights our multipronged analysis of compounded medications from the drug, state, pharmacy and physician perspective.

Prescriber Influence

The increasing demand for medical care due to the Afford¬able Care Act has led to an expanded role for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. And our data has shown an increase in the number of opioid analgesics prescribed by NPs and PAs.

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