Access and Utilization of New Antidepressant and Antipsychotic Medications. Utilization Management


All of the payers interviewed maintain some form of drug utilization review (DUR) program.

  • Most payers use DUR as an educational tool to encourage good prescribing practices.
  • Several payers use DUR as a monitoring tool to enforce compliance with formulary, PA and treatment guidelines.

Monitoring of psychotropic medications occurs no differently than for other classes of pharmaceuticals and tracks duplication, overuse, under-use and possible drug interactions.