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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 […]

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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 […]

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KeyScripts’ new phone system improves customer service

As part of our ongoing commitment to providing the best service to our customers, KeyScripts recently upgraded its telephone system to a fully-managed, enterprise-grade phone system. The new system utilizes cloud-based technology offering many benefits over traditional phone systems, including increased call quality, improved clarity, call analysis, and quality control features. The system lets KeyScripts […]

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11th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Set for October 22nd

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will hold its 11th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, on Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The national initiative aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for prescription drug […]

KeyScripts Turns 10…And Celebrates in Style!

In 2016, KeyScripts is celebrating 10 years of service in the workers’ compensation industry. To mark the occasion, KeyScripts hosted a 10th anniversary get-together following the 15th Annual Workers’ Compensation Conference, at the Hershey Country Club. The night was filled with food, music and high spirits. Entertainment was provided by Soul Solution, who kept the […]

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Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Takes Aim at Opioid Abuse

Registration for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s new prescription drug monitoring program, known as “Achieving Better Care by Monitoring All Prescriptions” or “ABC-MAP,” is now open. The new state-run Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) was created to help fight opioid abuse in Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth’s new ABC-MAP program will allow prescribers and dispensing healthcare providers to […]

Stop by and see us in Florida in August!

KeyScripts will again be a featured exhibitor at The 71st Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference and 28th Annual Safety & Health Conference, to be held at The Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando, FL, August 21 – 24, 2016. The conference focuses on the workers’ compensation and occupational safety and health industries, and has evolved into […]

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New Implant for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence

Little more than two weeks after receiving approval by the Food and Drug Administration, the first patients have received the new Probuphine implant. The implant contains buprenorphine – one of the most commonly used drugs to treat opioid dependence and opioid use disorder. The FDA approved the new medication on May 26th, and just 17 […]

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Technology in Workers’ Compensation: Where It’s At

First of a Two-Part Series   From smartphones to smartcars, technology shapes and even “drives” the way we live. It’s hard to name an industry that technology hasn’t revolutionized over the last several decades, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to remember a time when smart technology wasn’t an instrumental part of claims management.   Smartphones, […]

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KeyScripts’ Trendwatch: Pennsylvania’s Fight Against Opioid Abuse

Since taking office last year, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has made the fight against opioid abuse a top priority of his administration. To aid the governor in his efforts, KeyScripts’ president Ray Hoover attended the governor’s recent panel discussion on opioid and heroin abuse in the Commonwealth. The panel was comprised of experts in law […]

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KeyScripts Trendwatch: States Begin Setting Limits on Opioid Prescriptions

In the ongoing battle against the over-prescribing of opioids in the U.S., state lawmakers have begun taking action to regulate opioid prescriptions. Over the past few months, four states have adopted laws limiting initial opioid prescriptions, and there are nearly 400 proposals in state legislatures across the nation aimed at prescription painkillers, the abuse of which […]

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Fighting Fire with Fire: How Opioids Can Help Treat Opioid Addiction

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is one of the therapies physicians use to manage opioid addiction. Such treatment works best when used in conjunction with counseling (such as cognitive behavioral therapy) and other forms of support, and has proven successful for those facing the most challenging addictions.   The two most common medications prescribed as part of […]

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The growth of 3D printing

In the last decade, the use of 3D printing has grown drastically across many different manufacturing industries. From car parts to human organs, this advancement in technology is helping create objects for a multitude of different industries.   How does 3D printing actually work? 3D printers use many types of manufacturing technologies to build objects […]

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FDA Issues Draft Guidance for Abuse-Deterrent Opioid Generics

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued a draft guidance intended to support industry in their development of generic versions of approved opioids with abuse-deterrent formulations (ADF) while ensuring that generic ADF opioids are no less abuse-deterrent than the brand-name drug. The actions are among a number of steps the agency recently outlined in an […]

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KeyScripts’ President attends Governor Wolf’s panel on opioids

KeyScripts’ president, Ray Hoover, will attend Governor Wolf’s Heroin and Opioid Panelist Discussion today, being held at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg, PA. The panel is comprised of experts in the areas of law enforcement, pharmaceuticals, and substance use treatment. Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis will moderate an in-depth discussion […]

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What is Workers’ Compensation Fraud?

Workers’ compensation fraud occurs when someone lies about a claim or coverage in order to gain some form of benefit they may not otherwise be entitled to receive. There’s a common misconception that workers’ compensation fraud consists only of employees lying about or exaggerating the extent of their injuries, but injured workers aren’t the only […]

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How KeyScripts is addressing the increase of Compounds

In recent years, KeyScripts has witnessed an increase in compounded medication use. To address the notable increase, KeyScripts is constantly working to improve its preferred network of compounding pharmacies. KeyScripts reaches out to pharmacies which have established safety profiles and recognize the problems faced by injured workers and workers’ compensation claims with regards to the […]

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Why are compounds so expensive?

Within the last five to seven years, processing systems for Pharmacy Benefits Managers changed, in response to new compound billing regulations. The system update allowed compound pharmacies to submit more than one ingredient for reimbursement. Before the change, pharmacies across the country could only submit one ingredient, the primary ingredient, from the compounded medication. When […]

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What is Compounding?

Compounds are as old as the profession of pharmacy. A compound is anything that a pharmacist can combine to create a new medication. In general, it is the combination of two or more drugs to create a medication tailored to the needs of an individual patient.   For centuries, herbs and pastes have been combined […]

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CDC issues recommendations on prescribing opioids

For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing recommendations urging doctors to use caution and consider alternatives when prescribing opioids to treat chronic pain. The published guidelines largely reflect the draft guidelines which, when they were proposed in December 2015, were not unanimously welcomed. The rare decision of the […]

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Adverse Effect or Allergy?

Do you know the difference between an allergic reaction and adverse effects caused by medication? Many people have experienced negative side effects as a result of taking certain drugs but often mistake them for an allergic reaction.   Medication side effects are very common and can be expected with certain drugs. For example, narcotics can […]

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Top 10 Most Expensive U.S. Workplace Injuries

Injuries and accidents in the workplace are a major cause of concern for employers and can be costly for businesses as well. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2013, workplace accidents that caused employees to miss more than six days of work, cost U.S. employers almost $62 billion. That equals over a […]

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People still receive Opioids after overdosing

A recent study by physicians at Boston Medical Center indicated almost all those who overdose on prescription opioids, continue to receive subsequent prescriptions for the same painkillers.   Researchers used a national commercial insurance claims database, to conduct the study. They reported almost 3,000 patients experienced a non-fatal overdose between 2000 and 2012 while taking […]

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What is Naloxone?

In the fight against the opioid and heroin epidemic in the United States a life-saving drug is being used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Naloxone, also known as Narcan or Evzio®, is a medication used to counter the effects of an opioid overdose.   Naloxone works by counteracting life-threatening depression of the […]

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Opioids and the Heroin Epidemic

A study from the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has indicated the United States is going through a period of intense prescription opioid use while simultaneously experiencing a rapidly growing heroin abuse problem. The term opioid refers to natural or synthetic chemicals that bind to opioid receptors in your brain or body. Heroin […]

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How KeyScripts is battling the issue of Opioids

As health care professionals across the country continue to battle the opioid epidemic, KeyScripts is also working to fight the issue. In addition to checking for duplication of therapy, multiple prescribers and utilization of multiple pharmacies KeyScripts offers a drug test program to promote appropriate use and deter misuse of the opioids prescribed to them. […]

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Opioids in Workers’ Compensation

  Chronic pain is one of the most debilitating and costly conditions found in workers’ compensation. To combat that pain, opioids are often the go-to treatment option prescribed by providers in this industry.   Opioids relieve pain by reducing the intensity of pain signals that reach the brain. That means that patients still have pain […]

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Wearable Technology in Workers’ Compensation

As wearable technology becomes a staple in everyday life, it’s also making an appearance and taking on a growing role in workers’ compensation. The wearables market is currently experiencing a rapid growth and is expected to grow from $20 billion in 2015 to almost $70 billion in 2025. The health care industry is one place […]

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Ibuprofen Patch Developed

Researchers at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom partnered with Medherant, a bioadhesives company, to produce and patent the world’s first-ever ibuprofen patch. The patch is designed to deliver drugs directly through skin to the exact place it’s needed, at a consistent dose rate. Around the world there are other topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory […]

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FDA Update: NSAID Warning Label

Nearly 29 million Americans regularly take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) and now there are new warning labels on those products to inform consumers of the serious side effects caused by those drugs. The Food and Drug Administration strengthened the existing warning on prescription drug labels and over-the-counter (OTC) Drug Facts labels. The updates warn […]

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Why Use a PBM?

Why Use a Pharmacy Benefits Manager? Pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) in the workers’ compensation industry provide many advantages, not only to the injured workers, but to all other parties involved in their care. Below is a summary (not all-inclusive) of the valuable services that KeyScripts offers our customers. Cost Containment o   One of the main […]

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KeyScripts First Fill Program

What is KeyScripts First Fill Program? The KeyScripts First Fill Program is designed to maximize the number of prescriptions processed through KeyScripts, which allows our customers to access our significant discounts on a greater number of fills, while reducing costly third party biller involvement, and in turn reducing the costs associated with prescription medications for […]

4 Reasons Why Generic Drug Prices Are On The Rise Continued…

Last week we wrote about how patent expirations and pharmaceutical company consolidation has directly affected the price of generic drugs. This week we add to the list of reasons for these increased prices. Supply Chain Deficiencies Some overseas suppliers of bulk ingredients used by drug manufacturers have had difficulty meeting increased FDA standards. Newly instituted […]

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4 Reasons Why Generic Drug Prices Are On The Rise

According to the drug pricing research firm Truveris, manufacturers’ prescription drug prices (that is, the prices hospitals, PBMs and other purchasers must pay to manufacturers) rose 11% in 2014. While generic drug prices increased only about 5% on average, some generics – like those for inflammation or muscle pain and stiffness (the kind seen frequently […]

Thoughts on Urine Drug Tests Part 2

Why are urine drug tests recommended as appropriate clinical treatment standards for injured workers while prescribing drugs of abuse? Is it so that we can “catch” the patient in their lies and attempt to deny or close their injury claim? Or, are drug tests used to threaten patients so that they won’t even consider straying […]

Did You Know?

With our Online Referral Center, making a referral with KeyScripts is as easy as 1-2-3! Visit our “Online Referral Center” Fill out the form Press Submit Our Online Referral Center is conveniently located right here on our website: keyscriptsllc.com. When making a referral, select the services you want, answer the required questions, and press submit! […]

Thoughts on Urine Drug Tests Part 1

Many pain specialists follow the appropriate clinical practice guidelines and have pain contracts with their patients taking controlled substances. As part of those contracts, there is most often a clause about performing drug tests sporadically to ensure appropriate use. These drug tests performed in the provider office, while less expensive than the alternative tests sent […]

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The 10th Annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for medication abuse. Drug therapies and treatments change frequently, leaving injured workers with unused medications. Many pharmacies won’t accept medication returns for practical and legal reasons, so injured […]