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SOMETHING FOR THE (WORKERS' COMP)

PRESCRIPTION-DRUG COSTS, BY IRE NUMBERS

On Nov. 1, the Notional Council on Compensation Insurance released its NCCI Workers' Compensation 2016 Issues Report. Among the findings:

FOR EVERY $100 PAID

FOR MEDICAL SERVICES PROVIDED TO WORKERS INJURED IN 2016, $17 PAID FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS PER ACTIVE CLAIM CONTINUE TO RISE. Likewise, the prescription-drug share of total medical costs increases rapidly as claims age.

IN 2014, PRESCRIPTION DRUG UTILIZATION DECLINED BY 4%. But this resulted in growth in prescription drug costs per active claim (6%).

17%

The projected prescription drug share of total medical costs for Accident Year 2014 *

11%

The increase in prescription drug prices in 2014--nearly three times the 10-year average increase of 4%.

BOTH PHYSICIAN-DISPENSED PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES AND UTILIZATION INCREASED 4% IN 2014!

IN 2014, NEARLY 2 MILLION

AMERICANS ABUSED OR WERE DEPENDENT ON PRESCRIPTION OPIOIDS

AS MANY AS 1 IN 4 PEOPLE WHO RECEIVE PRESCRIPTION OPIOIDS FOR CHRONIC PAIN (OTHER THAN FROM CANCER) IN A PRIMARY SETTING STRUGGLE WITH ADDICTION

* The last full year for which statistics were available when NCCI's study was executed. SOURCES: NCCI Workers' Compensation 2016 Issues Report; NCCI Workers' Compensation and Prescription Drugs 2016 Update, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

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