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A new report from the Texas Department of Insurance Workers’ Compensation Research and Evaluation Group found that prescribing patterns for N-drugs fell considerably since the state imposed a closed pharmacy formulary. Between fiscal year 2011 (pre-formulary) and fiscal year 2012 (post-formulary), the number of injured employees receiving N-drugs (i.e. “not recommended” drugs) fell by 67 percent. Further, TDI reports that N-drug costs fell by 78 percent, and N-drug costs as a percentage of all drug costs decreased by 74 percent (from 20 percent of total to 5 percent of total). The total number of prescriptions for N-drugs fell by 77 percent while it fell by 3 percent for “Other drugs.”

Download the report in full: TDI Closed Pharmacy Formulary report 2016

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