Effects of prior authorization on medication discontinuation among Medicaid beneficiaries with bipolar disorder.

@article{Zhang2009EffectsOP,
  title={Effects of prior authorization on medication discontinuation among Medicaid beneficiaries with bipolar disorder.},
  author={Yuting Zhang and Alyce S Adams and Dennis Ross-Degnan and Fang Zhang and Stephen B. Soumerai},
  journal={Psychiatric services},
  year={2009},
  volume={60 4},
  pages={520-7}
}
OBJECTIVE Few data exist on the cost and quality effects of increased use of prior-authorization policies to control psychoactive drug spending among persons with serious mental illness. This study examined the impact of a prior-authorization policy in Maine on second-generation antipsychotic and anticonvulsant utilization, discontinuations in therapy, and pharmacy costs among Medicaid beneficiaries with bipolar disorder. METHODS Using Medicaid and Medicare utilization data for 2001-2004, the… CONTINUE READING