AscellaHealth Supports DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Points to SafeUseNow℠ Solution to Combat Spread of Prescription Drug Abuse
Berwyn, PA – April 22, 2019 – In recognition of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, April 27, 2019, AscellaHealth(Ascella), a specialty-focused pharmaceutical management company serving commercial, Medicare and Medicaid segments, encourages Americans to safely and anonymously dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications at authorized collection sites across the country. Ascella further aligns with this initiative by utilizing SafeUseNow, a prescriber-centric solution, risk identification and intervention program to combat the spread of prescription drug abuse.
“Ascella joins public and private sectors that are addressing critical public safety and public health issues and taking important steps to resolve this national health crisis,” says Dea Belazi, president and CEO, AscellaHealth. “One survey reports that 6.2 million Americans misuse controlled prescription drugs, and approximately 1 in 10 people struggle with some level of substance use. We support the DEA’s National Prescription Take Back Day and continue to raise awareness that most abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.”
As part of this commitment, Ascella includes the SafeUseNow program in its service portfolio, enabling managed care organizations to identify physicians whose prescribing behaviors may contribute to prescription drug abuse. The program is part of Ascella’s full-services or flexible options for health plans, employer groups, unions and Taft-Hartley Plans, municipalities, and TPAs. This includes specialty drug management, formulary management services/rebates, competitive pricing and innovative discounting, drug utilization review, case management services/therapy management, clinical review/prior authorization, pharmacy and therapeutic management committee, flexible claims adjudication system, drug information and news reporting.
Belazi adds, “Our high-touch model includes clinical interventions, adherence counseling, psychosocial assessment, integrated nursing staff, refill reminders and delivery coordination as part of Ascella’s innovative specialty pharmacy strategy.”
Individuals seeking substance abuse and/or mental health treatment facilities can go to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service (SAMHSA) Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator.
AscellaHealth, a national PBM serving commercial, Medicare and Medicaid segments offers high quality prescription drug management services along with other customizable services, such as carved-out specialty pharmacy services and cost-savings discount programs through its unique and proprietary service that extends discounts on prescription medications to customers more than any other PBM in the industry. Visit www.ascellahealth.com.