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Compound prescriptions filled without preauthorization or utilization review can drive up workers' compensation costs. (Photo: Shutterstock)

With its new rule requiring preauthorization of compound prescription drugs, Texas has become the latest state to attempt to curb the unnecessary use of compound drugs in workers’ compensation.

The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) drafted the rule to stop prescribers from continuing to exploit a loophole in the state workers’ compensation drug formulary, one that allowed compound prescriptions to be filled without first obtaining preauthorization to confirm medical necessity for the injured worker.

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