State of the States, April 28

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on Apr 28, 2017 12:11:18 PM

What's happening this week in workers' compensation? IWP's weekly legislative wrap-up, State of the States, keeps you up to date on important matters within the workers compensation and pharmacy arena.

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Topics: Legislative

3 Reasons to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Posted by Kellie Collier on Apr 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Twice each year, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) hosts their National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This initiative aims to provide a safe and effective way for the general public to dispose of prescription drugs, while also providing education on potential prescription drug abuse. On this day, the public is encouraged to visit local collection sites, which include fire departments and police stations, to forgo any unused or unwanted prescription medications – without question.

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Topics: Insider

How Medical Marijuana is Impacting Workers' Compensation

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on Apr 27, 2017 10:27:15 AM

As of 2017, most states in the country allow for the medical use of marijuana – 29 states to be exact.  Each state has its own system for handling medical marijuana. Some states limit the potency of the available marijuana, while other states restrict when it can be used, limiting it to only a specified list of illnesses.  However, no matter how many states have laws in the book allowing it, the federal government still prohibits it- which makes for a tricky situation, especially when an employer is being asked to pay for it to treat an injured worker.  Needless to say, the issue is complicated.

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Topics: Legislative, Workers' Compensation

State of the States, April 21

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on Apr 21, 2017 2:13:55 PM

What's happening this week in workers' compensation? IWP's weekly legislative wrap-up, State of the States, keeps you up to date on important matters within the workers compensation and pharmacy arena.

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Topics: Legislative

Generic vs. Brand: What's the Difference?

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Apr 19, 2017 8:00:00 AM

According to the FDA, nearly 8 in 10 prescriptions filled in the United States are for generic drugs.  That statistic may lead to the question, what are generic drugs and why are they apparently used more often than brand drugs?  To answer that question, it is important to understand a little bit about how drugs are developed and come to market. 

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Topics: Clinical

State of the States, April 14

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on Apr 14, 2017 12:35:55 PM

What's happening this week in workers' compensation? IWP's weekly legislative wrap-up, State of the States, keeps you up to date on important matters within the workers compensation and pharmacy arena.

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Topics: Legislative

The Evolution of Mental Health Claims in Workers Comp

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on Apr 13, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Mental health claims in workers comp has been a growing topic over the last few years.  As society develops a better understanding of mental illness and its treatment, states have begun considering where and when a mental illness, especially Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), should be incorporated into workers’ comp statutes.  While it seems to be a topic in almost every state house the last few years, that hasn’t always been the case.

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Topics: Legislative, Workers' Compensation

New Treatment Guideline Recommendations for Low Back Pain

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Apr 11, 2017 8:30:00 AM

The American College of Physicians recently released new clinical practice guidelines that recommend non-drug therapies as the first place to start when treating low back pain.  Whether the low back pain is acute (lasting less than 4 weeks), subacute (4-12 weeks), or chronic (lasting more than 12 weeks), clinicians and patients should not initially select medications alone to improve low back pain and function.

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Topics: Pain Management

State of the States, April 7

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on Apr 7, 2017 2:28:13 PM

What's happening this week in workers' compensation? IWP's weekly legislative wrap-up, State of the States, keeps you up to date on important matters within the workers compensation and pharmacy arena.

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Topics: Legislative

What is a Home Delivery Pharmacy?

Posted by Kellie Collier on Apr 4, 2017 10:50:08 AM

Retail pharmacies, like CVS and Walgreens, seem to occupy every street corner from coast to coast. With nearly 70 percent of Americans taking at least one prescription medication, it’s not uncommon for people to feel comfortable and become familiar with their local retail pharmacy and pharmacy staff.

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Topics: Pharmacy Care Management, Workers' Compensation

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