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New Analysis Shows Illicit Drug Use May Vary by Payer Type: Detection Rates as High as 17 Percent
Date:9/7/2012

BALTIMORE, Sept. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- AmeritoxSM, the nation's leader in Pain Medication Monitoring Solutions®, today announced the presentation of a scientific poster titled "Analysis of Illicit Substance Abuse and Medication Monitoring By Payer Type" at PAINWeek, the nation's largest pain conference for frontline practitioners.  Analysis of nearly two million urine drug monitoring (UDM) samples revealed that illicit substance presence varies widely by payer type (commercial insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, patient self-pay, and Workers' Compensation), while the absence of clinician-prescribed medications – another indicator of potential non-adherence – is common across all payer types.

"Until now, few studies have examined UDM results from the perspective of who is paying for the test – but as with other studies looking at age, gender, and socio-economic background, our analysis reinforces the fact that a significant problem exists across all patient types, with more than three out of 10 patients overall having the prescribed drug absent from their systems," said Dr. Harry Leider, chief medical officer of Ameritox.  "It is critical for physicians to understand that year in and year out, regardless of who is paying for the test or what the patient's background may be, every third patient that a doctor sees is potentially non-adherent to their prescribed medication.  That's why monitoring patients is so important to protecting patient health."

The retrospective review was conducted utilizing a database of nearly two million urine drug samples submitted to Ameritox between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2012.  Researchers showed that the presence of illicit drugs – including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, PCP and/or MDA/MDEA/MDMA – was highest among patients with Medicaid as their primary payer (17.1%), followed by "self-pay" patients (14
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