Drug Utilization Review (DUR)

Review of an insured population’s drug utilization with the goal of determining how to reduce the cost of utilization. Reviews often result in recommendations to practitioners, including generic substitutions, use of formularies, use of copayments for prescriptions and education. In some cases, practitioners are now penalized or rewarded depending on their drug prescription related costs and utilization. Some speculate that these incentives can adversely effect doctor decisions.