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Most Popular Prescription Drug Was An Opioid?

The most popular prescription drug was one that I have taken myself a few times over the years.  Statins were very popular at one time.  Stomach and digestion remedies dominated the requested prescriptions decades ago.

I was just reading an article in Forbes Magazine. The most popular drug prescribed today is Hydrocodone – better known as Vicodin. I am sure that everyone involved with Workers Comp has seen this drug often prescribed for any type of pain. As it is generic, it is a very low priced drug.

Graphic Of Popular Prescription Drug Rx

I looked to see if Hydrocodone was included in any of the $4 prescription programs.  I checked here with Walmart to see if they have it in their $4 list.  It was not.

Hydrocodone seemed to be very popular a few years ago in Workers Comp. I have two friends that are Pharmacists. One of them works the night shift. They both say that it is the most heavily sought out drug for drug seekers, especially at night. Many people have stomach problems as it is so harsh to the system.

The most disturbing fact about Hydrocodone is a panel of FDA advisory physicians recommended an immediate ban on the drug. The FDA is waiting to see what to do on the matter.

What to do? Their own advisory panel said to ban it. What are they waiting on to close the drug down?

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James J Moore - Workers Comp Expert

Raleigh, NC, United States

About The Author...

James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Management Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

  • Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
  • Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Bloomberg Business News
  • WorkCompCentral.com
  • Claims Magazine
  • Risk & Insurance Magazine
  • Insurance Journal
  • Workers Compensation.com
  • LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites
  • Various trade publications


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