July 6, 2006

Christine Baker

CHSWC Approves the Release of the Pharmacy Study Report

Oakland -- The California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC), has approved the release of the Pharmacy Study Report for circulation and feedback. This report documents the extra costs placed on the California workers' compensation system by physician-dispensed drugs. The reports also reviews research on both the positive and negative impacts of physician dispensing, including the main arguments raised by proponents at CHSWC meetings and Division of Workers' Compensation regulatory hearings.

Key findings from the report include that physician dispensing is much more common than most observers expected and that physician-dispensed pharmaceuticals are much more costly than the same drugs dispensed by a pharmacy.

CHSWC, created by the workers' compensation reform legislation of 1993, is charged with overseeing the health and safety and workers' compensation systems in California and recommending administrative or legislative modifications to improve their operation. CHSWC was established to conduct a continuing examination of the workers' compensation system and of the state's activities to prevent industrial injuries and occupational diseases and to examine those programs in other states.

Information about CHSWC and the Pharmacy Study Report may be accessed on the Internet at CHSWC's home page at Information may also be obtained by writing to CHSWC at 1515 Clay Street, Suite 901, Oakland, California, 94612, by calling (510) 622-3959, by faxing a request to (510) 622-3265, or by email at