Impact of a drug utilization review program on high-risk use of prescription controlled substances.

@article{Daubresse2014ImpactOA,
  title={Impact of a drug utilization review program on high-risk use of prescription controlled substances.},
  author={Matthew Daubresse and Patrick P. Gleason and Yi Peng and Nilay D. Shah and Stephen T Ritter and G. Caleb Alexander},
  journal={Pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety},
  year={2014},
  volume={23 4},
  pages={
          419-27
        }
}
BACKGROUND Prescription drug abuse has prompted considerable concern. We evaluated a retrospective drug utilization review program to reduce controlled substance use among individuals with high-risk utilization. METHODS We analyzed pharmacy claims from a large pharmaceutical benefits manager. For each eligible member, we calculated a controlled substance score based on the number and type of claims, prescribers and pharmacies, and utilization patterns over three months. Two state health plans… CONTINUE READING
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