Workers’ Compensation Prescription Drug Regulations: A National Inventory, 2018

By Karen Rothkin

September 26, 2018 Related Topics: Fee Schedules, Physician Dispensing, Prescription Drugs and Opioids, Prescription Benchmarks, Rx National Inventories

Across the country, states are grappling with an array of different regulatory strategies, overseen by different agencies, to address prescribing of medicine. This report provides policymakers and system stakeholders with a basic understanding of the different strategies adopted by all 50 states, and points to the regulations for those seeking more detail.

The report also provides information on some of the most prominent prescription drug issues stakeholders are concerned about in 2018, such as the following:

  • Rules for Limiting and Monitoring Opioid Prescriptions
  • Medical Marijuana Regulations
  • Workers’ Compensation Drug Formularies
  • Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs
  • Price Regulations for Pharmacy- and Physician-Dispensed Drugs
  • Drug Testing Regulations

The tables in this report were compiled from completed surveys of two agencies for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since prescription drug regulations are changing rapidly in the United States, the author points out that the information in this report is a snapshot in time, as of January 1, 2018.

Workers’ Compensation Prescription Drug Regulations: A National Inventory, 2018. Karen Rothkin with the assistance of Elizabeth Hopkins. September 2018. WC-18-41.



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Research Questions:

  • What strategies is my state using to limit and monitor opioid prescriptions?
  • How are states regulating uses of medical marijuana?
  • Across the nation, how different are workers’ compensation maximum prices?
  • Which states allow physicians to dispense prescription drugs?

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