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Antidepressants May Be a Red Flag in Work Comp Claims, Researchers Say

By Elaine Goodman (medical/business Reporter)

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 855 | 1 | 110 min read

Claims in which antidepressants were prescribed along with opioids had substantially higher costs than those with opioids alone, according to a new study from workers’ comp insurer AF Group. Antidepressants plus opioids were also associated with a lower rate of claim closure three years after injury — 64.8% compared to 89.1% for opioids alone. Combining opioids with benzodiazepines, a class of anti-anxiety drugs, reduced claim closure rates to a lesser extent, to 75.8%, according to the study. The lowest claim closure rate in the study, 58.3%, was seen when injured workers were p...

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