Holistic Approach to Combat Opioid Abuse is a Critical Need

JoTo PR client, Lamar Williams of MC-RX, was featured in a byline article in NewsMax Finance titled, Pharmacy Benefit Managers and the Fight Against Opioids.

The major public health issue in the United States today is the opioid crisis.

Following the rise of overdoses, the Centers for Disease Control and prevention released a set of guidelines for opioid prescriptions that became the national standard. As a PBM, MC-Rx uses this standard as a guideline for how we work with employers and patients. We evaluate potential risk based on the population, and we administer Morphine Milligram Equivalent (MME) dosing protocols with seven-day initial fill limits for patients with acute pain needs.

Despite having these safety standards in place, it is going to take more than just PBMs to solve the opioid crisis. To combat and prevent new and chronic opioid abuse, a holistic approach is required, including collaboration among insurers, PBMs, governmental agencies, and others. We want to fight for physicians and pharmacists to allow them to treat patients to the best of their ability, including fighting against this epidemic and creating a world where we can manage patients’ pain in a meticulous and measured way.

MC-Rx is a full-service Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) with corporate offices in Gainesville, Georgia and Caguas, Puerto Rico, which focuses on transparency, best-in-class service, and offering clients “lowest net cost.” MC-Rx was formed by combining two URAC-accredited, world class PBM’s – ProCare Pharmacy Benefit Manager and mc-21. The ProCare companies were founded in 1988 with the vision of providing innovative computer software systems and services to various sectors of the healthcare industry. ProCare processed their first pharmacy claim in 1994 using their proprietary, internally developed and managed systems, and expanded in 1998 to full-service pharmacy benefit management through the acquisition of NextGen PBM. Today, the ProCare companies also include two affiliated mail order and specialty pharmacies, ProCare PharmacyCare, and are one of only four PBM providers that own all of their component systems. MC-Rx now provides comprehensive, industry-leading service to clients in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Visit http://www.mc-rx.com/.

NewsMax Finance is an online publication covering finance subjects such as the economy, markets, business and investment.

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