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Drug Formularies Getting More Attention as a Workers’ Comp Strategy


By Jim Thompson

Sarasota, FL ( - Prescription drug formularies, which have a long history in health insurance but are relatively new in workers’ comp, are seeing a surge of interest among state governments seeking to control workers’ comp costs. 

One reason for the lag in workers’ comp programs developing formularies is that special-interest groups — most notably physicians and employers — routinely have had significant influence over state legislatures, according to Dr. Robert Goldberg, a past president of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).

Going forward, though, interest in formularies is a trend that’s likely to continue, Goldberg said, as smaller states take a closer look at what the country’s largest states — Texas, California and New York, in particular ...

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