Utilization and drug cost outcomes of a step-therapy edit for generic antidepressants in an HMO in an integrated health system.
- Published Article
Journal of managed care pharmacy : JMCP
- Publication Date
May 01, 2006
A step-therapy edit requiring HMO members to use a generic antidepressant, excluding tricyclics, prior to use of a brand-name antidepressant resulted in drug cost savings of 9.0% for the entire class of antidepressants, equal to $1,880,562 ($0.36 PMPM) in 2005 dollars in the first year of the intervention. A small (-1.5%) decrease in use of antidepressants occurred in the intervention group, which was less than the 5.0% decrease in utilization of antidepressants in the comparison group.
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