Compounds in Comp: A New Look at Patient Safety, Efficacy and Cost
This paper seeks to clear up confusion surrounding compounding medications in workers' compensation. It clarifies research on the efficacy of compounds and explores how a pricing benchmark that was never intended to be applied to pharmaceutical grade chemicals has been manipulated to drive compounding prices and profits. We examine how certain business practices violate the traditional physician-patient-pharmacist triad, which has safeguarded patient interest for almost two centuries in this country. We also provide updates to legislative and regulatory actions addressing compounding in workers' compensation. Finally, we examine the consequences of what can most accurately be described as a greed-driven practice that has resulted in tragic deaths as well as the prosecution of numerous physicians and pharmacists.