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Doctors: Non-Opioid Painkillers Come with own Set of Problems

Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 1816 | 0 | 3 min read

While much national attention in workers’ compensation is devoted to the cost and overprescription of opioid painkillers, doctors Steven Moskowitz and Hassan Moinzadeh assert that non-opioid pain drugs can pose many of the same problems − increased benefit spending, medical complications and potential for abuse. Further, non-opioid pharmaceuticals cost more to the workers’ compensation system, they say. In a Paradigm Outcomes analysis of 10,000 lost-time claims, non-opioid pharmaceuticals accounted for 17% of total medical spending, compared with 15% for opioids. Moskowitz,...

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