Alternatives to the High Cost of Topicals for Pain Management
As health care providers across the nation divert patients away from opioids — now deemed a dangerous class of medications for pain management — the use of some high-cost topicals has soared.
CorVel, a national leader in risk management with over 20 years of experience providing pharmacy benefit management services, estimates a 56% increase in topical medication dispensing over the past five years based on pharmacy data across its book of business.
“It’s been a dramatic and costly increase for employers,” said Ryan Hamm, Pharm. D., clinical pharmacist at CorVel. “We are paying close attention to the dispensing of some high-cost topical analgesics and actively working to rein in costs.”
One of CorVel’s approaches is to evaluate the prescription of high-cost topicals and, when needed, convert them to alternative medications that are less costly but just as effective for injured workers.
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