Opioid addiction can affect anyone, and in recent years opioid abuse has become rampant. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 78 people die every day in this country from an opioid overdose. Suggestions have been made to implement a drug formulary for Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation program to address this crisis as it relates to injured workers.
A prescription drug formulary, which is maintained by a committee of physicians, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists, is a list of prescription drugs that offer the greatest overall value. Formularies are standard in hospitals, regular health care, Medicare, and other public programs because they help to ensure proper patient care and address overuse of prescription drugs.
When this system is in place, objective healthcare professionals organize medication that indicates FDA approval status, and separates medication and dosage amounts as being either pre-approved or requiring authorization. This status is based on legitimate medical evidence on the drugs’ effectiveness.If you or someone you love has suffered because of opioid abuse due to an injury that originated on the job, call the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Gross, the Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers, at 215-512-1500 or 267-589-0090, or complete our online form for a free consultation. Our office is conveniently located in Philadelphia.