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Release Number: 2019-59
July 11, 2019

DWC Posts Updated MTUS Drug List Effective August 1, 2019

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) Administrative Director George Parisotto has issued an order updating the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) Drug List effective August 1, 2019 pursuant to Labor Code section 5307.29.

The Administrative Director’s update order adopts changes to the MTUS Drug List, based on the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) Practice Guidelines, including the following:

  • New drug recommendations addressed in the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Guideline
  • Designation of additional drugs as “special fill” eligible, due to treatment recommendation in the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Guideline
  • Deletion of codeine phosphate from the MTUS Drug List
  • New drug recommendations pertaining to diclofenac sodium and divalproex sodium

The updated MTUS Drug List v.5 and the Administrative Director order can be accessed on the DWC MTUS drug formulary web page. Questions and comments can be directed to Formulary@dir.ca.gov.