A Healthesystems publication

Summer 2016

COMPOUNDS & PLTs

Claims professionals in the workers’ compensation industry continue to see an increase in the prescribing of private-label topicals (PLTs) and compound drugs. But what makes the two categories of products different? While they may have similar impacts on workers’ comp claims, the intricacies of compounds and PLTs are unique.

HOW THEY ARE SIMILAR: LESS REGULATION

WHY THEY ARE DIFFERENT

HOW THEY ARE SIMILAR: COST

WHY THEY ARE DIFFERENT

HOW THEY ARE SIMILAR: PERCEPTION

WHY THEY ARE DIFFERENT

HOW THEY ARE SIMILAR: COMMERCIAL AVAILABILITY

WHY THEY ARE DIFFERENT

FINAL THOUGHTS

In the event a PLT or compound is prescribed, proof of medical necessity will go a long way in discerning if and when PLTs or compounds are appropriate. There are few proven clinical benefits to prescribing PLTs or compounds. FDA-approved or OTC products should be used whenever possible.

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