Bills would limit workers comp drug costs

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House and Senate Republicans filed proposals last week to limit the costs of “repackaged” drugs that doctors dispense to workers-compensation insurance patients, reports the News Service of Florida. Rep. Matt Hudson, R-Naples, and Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, filed HB 511 and SB 668, respectively. Business groups are pushing for such proposals, arguing that growth in physician dispensing of drugs is unnecessarily inflating workers-compensation insurance costs. Doctors and other supporters, however, contend that such dispensing helps improve patient compliance with taking medications. The Office of Insurance Regulation last week approved an 8.9 percent average increase in workers-compensation rates for 2012 and said the increase partly stemmed from the cost of repackaged drugs.

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