COX-2 Inhibitor Safety in the Workers' Compensation Market
Matthew Foster PharmD, BCPS
Ralph Kendall PharmD
Mary Todd PharmD

Professional Case Management
August 2005 
Volume 10  Number 4
Pages 217 - 220
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Written by the PMSI Professional Services Department; Foster, Matthew PharmD, BCPS; Kendall, Ralph PharmD; Todd, Mary PharmD

For more information on COX-2 inhibitor safety in the workers' compensation market, please call Matthews Foster, PharmD, at 1-877-ASK-PMSI, Ext. 6786.

The safety of COX-2 inhibitors has been called into question in recent months following the withdrawal of Vioxx® from the market in September 2004. Within the workers' compensation industry, patients often incur injuries that are treated with anti-inflammatory agents. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) represent the second highest medication therapy category in this patient population. To avoid the potential hazards of these medications, a more balanced, measured evaluation of these medications is needed rather than the trial-by-news-media that has been occurring.

Workers' compensation pharmacy benefits managers are being proactive ...

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