Survey Shows Injured Workers Pharmacy Costs Up 6.5 Percent in 2009

By Staff Report

Jul. 16, 2010

Average pharmacy spending per injured worker increased by 6.5 percent in 2009, according to a report on “in-network” transactions released Wednesday, July 14, by a workers’ compensation pharmacy benefits manager.

The increase was driven by a 4.7 percent rise in prescription prices and a 1.7 percent uptick in utilization, according to Tampa, Florida-based PMSI.

PMSI said its findings are based on a review of 5 million customer retail and mail-order transactions conducted from 2007 to 2009. The report excluded data for out-of-network pharmacy transactions.

PMSI’s 2010 Annual Drug Trends Report is available online at  

 Filed by Roberto Ceniceros of Business Insurance, a sister publication of Workforce Management. To comment, e-mail


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