Drug Trends Series: Part Four – High Impact Drug Classes
In part four of our series we look at high impact drug classes like topicals, compound kits and combo packs, and specialty medications. While these classes represent proportionately low volume, they can be associated with exponentially significant costs.
Drug Trends Series: Part Three – Evaluating Opioid Trends
In part three of our series we’ll look at opioids, which continue to decrease in proportion to overall scripts and costs, with favorable trends in Morphine Equivalent Dose (MED), duration of use, and access to guideline-supported measures.
Opioids cause a variety of side effects that can spread across the body, which can in turn require more medication to treat these side effects. This can cause added concerns for patient safety due to excessive polypharmacy (concurrent use of multiple medications).