Top 10 Drugs Prescribed For Workers Compensation Claims

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 include:

• 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



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