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A recent analysis by researchers at the Texas Department of Insurance found that the Texas closed pharmacy formulary for workers’ comp is lowering costs and reducing the use of opioids in the state. Texas’ closed formulary requires prior approval before a doctor can prescribe certain drugs, also known as “N drugs.” These include 25 brands of opioid pain relievers, muscle relaxants, antidepressants, and cannabinoids. Analysis of pharmacy data before and after the closed formulary went into effect in 2011 found that: total drug costs fell 15 percent, costs for “N drugs” fell by 80 percent, and prescriptions for “N” opioids dropped 81 percent.”

Read the full report here: TDI Impact of Formulary 2016

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