Physician Dispensing in Pennsylvania, 2nd Edition

By Dongchun Wang, Vennela Thumula, Te-Chun Liu

October 1, 2014 Related Topics: Physician Dispensing, Prescription Drugs and Opioids

This report is an update of the previous study that examined the prevalence and costs of physician-dispensed prescriptions in Pennsylvania. With an additional year of data, the study continued to find higher and growing prices paid for physician-dispensed drugs.

The data used for the report came from payors in Pennsylvania that represented 45 percent of the claims in the state workers’ compensation system. There were 58,000 claims included that had more than seven days of lost time with injuries arising from October 1, 2007, to September 30, 2012, and 447,000 prescriptions filled through March 31, 2013. 

Physician Dispensing in Pennsylvania, 2nd Edition. Dongchun Wang, Te-Chun Liu, and Vennela Thumula. September 2014. WC-14-51.


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