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PMSI and Ameritox Launch Program to Enhance Quality and Effectiveness of Opioid Therapy
Date:4/14/2010

Creates Unique Urine Drug Testing and Medication Monitoring Service for Workers' Compensation

Tampa, Fla. and Baltimore, Md. (Vocus) April 14, 2010 -- PMSI, one of the nation’s largest providers of specialty products and services for the workers’ compensation market, and Ameritox, the nation’s leader in pain medication monitoring solutions, today announced a strategic partnership to monitor and promote the appropriate use of opioid medications by injured workers.

“The use of opioid analgesics is extremely prevalent in the workers’ compensation population, with nearly 70% of injured workers taking opioids to control pain,” stated Maria Sciame, PharmD, PMSI’s executive director of clinical services. “However, when chronic pain is evident, prescribers frequently order opioids with other related medications which can result in overuse of medications. Additionally, there is potential for fraud and abuse in use of opioids through drug diversion or misuse.”

Historically, it has been difficult to identify which injured workers may be abusing or misusing controlled substances or illicit drugs. The PMSI MedAssessTM Care Management Program, a new drug testing and monitoring service, identifies at-risk individuals and facilitates urine drug testing at the prescriber level.

“The American Pain Society and American Academy of Pain Medicine guidelines recommend using periodic urine drug testing for patients at risk for abuse,” stated Eileen Auen, PMSI’s chief executive officer. “As leaders in the industry, PMSI and Ameritox have worked together to develop a customized program to facilitate this re
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