10 most prescribed opioids and what are they prescribed for

On our post about opioid abuse and waste we wrote about the most abused opioids and the consequences of not documenting all the patients’ health conditions while prescribing opioids. On this post, which is our second post for drug market insights, we’re going to be writing about the most prhttps://matchmyrx.com/blog/2016/12/16/opioid-abuse-an-…d-the-government/escribed opioids and what health conditions are they prescribed for.

10 most prescribed opioids (pain killers): 

1 OXYCODONE HCL+ACETAMINOPHEN
2 TRAMADOL HCL
3 OXYCODONE HCL
4 HYDROCODONE BITARTRATE+ACETAMINOPHEN
5 MORPHINE SULFATE
6 BUPRENORPHINE HCL
7 TRAMADOL HCL+ACETAMINOPHEN
8 ENDOCET
9 HYDROCODONE BITARTRATE+IBUPROFEN
10 METHADONE HCL

What are opioids prescribed for? 

*No Match: No match means that the top health condition for which the opioid was prescribed, was not documented on the patients’ medical records.

The following information is provided by our parent company PRX Control Solutions.

Please consult your healthcare provider for more information about opioids and if it’s the right treatment for your health condition.

To learn if you were prescribed an opioid, match your meds with your conditions.

Opioid abuse: an epidemic taking its toll on patients and the government

Opioids are all those controlled substances used legally to treat chronic and/or severe pain (morphine, tramadol, oxycodone, etc.). But opioids can also be illicit, like heroin; and both of them, licit and illicit, can produce addiction.

In 2014, according to the CDC (Center of Disease, Control and Prevention), 18,893 people died by an overdose due to prescription pain relievers, 8,319 more deaths than those who overdosed with heroin. More disturbing yet, in 2012 healthcare providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioids, which is more than enough to give to every American adult their own bottle of painkillers.

Opioid abuse and waste also takes its toll over the US economy. Between 2011 and 2015, according to Fair Health, insurance claims to treat opioid abuse increased over 1000% from $72 million to $722 million. During this period, insurance companies paid almost $3.500 a year for regular patients (non-opioid) and almost $20.000 for patients with opioid abuse or dependence.

Opioid addiction is considered an epidemic and last year President Obama decided to get involved and take action, making it a priority for his Administration, including a $1.1 Billion to expand care for the treatment of opioid abuse. This funding is only one more step to start fighting the $78.5 billion this epidemic costs the government annually.

Last year, PRX Control Solutions, a company that detects abuse and waste in prescription claims, in real-time, at the point of care or pharmacy, published a case study that showed that Oxycodone, (such as Oxycontin), Morphine (such as MS Contin), Tramadol and Hydrocodone (such as Vicodin), are the most prescribed opioids without any related medical condition on the patients’ health record.

With MatchMyRx you can find out if you have a medical condition that not requires an opioid treatment and if you’re currently taking any opioid medications and want to try other options, then please contact your doctor and ask for a new prescription. Remember that your health goes first. 

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