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Your workers’ compensation and auto-related pharmacy questions answered.
When do drugs become generic?
When drugs are first introduced, they are made available as brand name only for differing lengths of time depending on the particular drug. Individuals often want to know when a generic will be released for the brand name medications to hopefully reduce the price of the medication.
How does aging affect drug performance?
Understanding of age-altered pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic processes can assist in medication selection, as well as dosing adjustments for older patients that can avoid unexpected medication reactions and effects.
Why would someone be prescribed an opioid to treat opioid addiction?
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a safe and cost-effective option for managing opioid addiction. This method is typically applied along with counseling and other support and involves the use of methadone or buprenorphine and sometimes naltrexone.
Are there cardiovascular considerations related to common medications used in workers’ comp?
There can be. Here are some heart-related side effects or precautions for three of the top therapeutic classes in workers’ compensation. First, an explanation of terms related to cardiac effects and monitoring that may be helpful.
How are Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs used when managing or prescribing opioid medications?
Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) are electronic databases designed to track and monitor controlled substance dispensing. These databases are run at the state level, and the main intent of such programs is to screen for suspected drug diversion and abuse.
How are seizure drugs used for pain management in workers' comp?
Opioids are often prescribed for moderate-to-severe pain, and while opioids can be highly effective medications, they can also be associated with negative effects including the potential for abuse and addiction.
Are there rules or recommendations for traveling with a controlled substance?
If a patient is traveling with a controlled substance prescription medication, it is best to only bring as much medication as will be required for the time away from home.
Are there rules or recommendations for opioid disposal?
Often prescribed for moderate-to-severe pain, opioids can be highly effective medications, they can also be associated with serious risks including the potential for abuse and addiction.
Are there times when it’s better to dispense a brand drug instead of its generic equivalent?
Before answering that it would be good to briefly review some basic information regarding the differences between brand name and generic medications.
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