With increased coverage of prescription drugs by health insurance plans, utilization data are now becoming available and there is renewed interest in drug utilization review (DUR) programs. This article describes the DUR programs now being conducted by private sector firms for health insurance plans. The programs were found to be highly automated and very efficient. Most firms estimate at least two to three dollar direct savings for each dollar invested in DUR. Much of this results from controlling overutilization and gaining compliance with drug formulary guidelines. In addition, the firms report finding drug therapy problems in about two to three percent of the enrollees receiving prescriptions.
- Prescription drug utilization review