Anti-inflammatory drugs often prescribed for pain and inflammation now represent the largest proportion of prescriptions prescribed for injured workers in California, according to a study released on Friday by the California Workers Compensation Institute.
Such drugs have replaced opioids as the highest drug in comp, a year after the state adopted a drug form that limited opioid writing to injured workers, according to the study by Oakland, California-based institute.
Anti-inflammatory drugs accounted for the largest proportion – 31.7% in 2018 alone – of recipes in each of the last four years of service 2015-2018, according to the study, whereas in each of the six years before, the opioids were the primary therapeutic the drug category dispensed and the anti-inflammatory ranked others
Although dermatological prescriptions only increased from 5% of all prescriptions in 2009 to 5.6% in 2018, the study found that over the same period, the share of total drug expenditure increased from 10.1% to 17.6%, which was a relative increase of 74.3%, indicating an increase in the average amount paid for dermatological prescriptions, "study states."
For the analysis, the study authors collected a pharmaceutical data sample taken from the CWCI's Industry Research Information System Database and included data on 5.75 million prescriptions issued to injured workers between January 2009 and June 2018.