Prescription Safety Management

A Holistic Approach to Safe Prescribing

May 21, 2020
Senior Vice President, CVS Health and Chief Medical Officer, CVS Caremark

CVS Health has made an enterprise-wide commitment to help address the abuse and misuse of prescription opioids. For plan sponsors looking to manage utilization, we offer a range of utilization management (UM) strategies. Our UM approach for opioids is informed by the Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To further enhance safe prescribing across all types of medications, we have developed a Prescription Safety Management solution. The program comprises a set of dynamic strategies to help reduce inappropriate use without restricting access for those with legitimate need. Our Prescription Safety Management program is informed by best practices, learned from our UM strategies for opioids, including preventive measures such as duplicate therapy and drug interaction alerts.

Opioid management results for CVS Caremark clients since Q1 2017:

42% drop
in total number of opioid Rxs

~50% drop
in dispensing of opioid Rxs for >7 days

15% decrease
in morphine milligram equivalents (MME) per day per Rx

49% decline
in extended release opioid Rxs

In 2019:

of acute Rxs were for 7 days or less

were for 90 MME per day or less

In 2019:
 of acute Rxs were for 7 days or less

~99% were for 90 MME per day or less

Oversight, Management of Each Step of the Member Journey

Based on four key pillars, the Prescription Safety Management solution provides management and safety oversight at all points of the member journey. The program is designed to help enhance safe prescribing including at the point of dispensing, and retrospective analysis of utilization.

Key Pillars of Prescription Safety Management:

Utilization and safety checks and messaging at the point of sale, including duplicate therapy, drug interaction, age/gender, and possible pregnancy alerts.

Dynamic surveillance to help identify and assess potentially higher-risk members based on multiple factors.

Targeted communication to prescribers, members, and pharmacies to address unusual medication utilization patterns.

Extensive research with a detailed course of action for more complex member utilization patterns.

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May 21, 2020
Senior Vice President, CVS Health and Chief Medical Officer, CVS Caremark

Data source, unless noted otherwise, CVS Health Enterprise Analytics, 2020.

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