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Dispose of Prescription Drugs Safely

One Aspect of the Opioid Crisis is a No-Brainer…   Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday, October 27, 2018 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.   Despite the increased focus on opioid abuse, particularly here in Pennsylvania, one long-overlooked aspect of prescription drug therapy is that relatively few individuals taking prescription drugs ever […]

KeyScripts TrendWatch: the Effect of Miscoding on Drug Program Monitoring and Reporting

The effective monitoring and accurate reporting of key drug program metrics like drug spend, network utilization and third-party billing depends on numerous factors, but it begins with accurate bill coding. The ability of the payor – working cooperatively with their PBM – to determine when drugs have been inappropriately coded or charged during the billing […]

Rise of Buprenorphine May Signal Move Toward More Responsible Prescribing

Typically, the increased utilization of a brand drug – particularly an opioid – is cause for heightened awareness by workers’ compensation claims payors/adjusters. The brand opioids Belbuca® and Butrans® have been making a steady climb up the rankings on top opioid reports of late (with Butrans® cracking the top 10 among some of our customers’ […]

FDA Aims to Educate Prescribers on Immediate-Release Opioids

July 11, 2017 The FDA will begin requiring drug makers to provide and pay for training for clinicians prescribing immediate-release (IR) opioids – mirroring existing mandates for extended-release (ER) opioids. Noting that “America is simply awash in immediate release opioid products,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, announced new FDA initiatives targeting the opioid epidemic. At […]

KeyScripts TrendWatch: New Legislation Moves Pennsylvania Forward in the Fight Against Opioid Epidemic

Just three months after President Obama’s signing of the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act, which established multi-faceted strategies to address America’s opioid epidemic, on November 2, 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed into law a bill package with a similar aim. Through various control mechanisms, the legislation focuses on limiting outpatient access to opioids and improving disposal […]