BALTIMORE, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ameritox(SM) announced that it has been chosen as a strategic alliance member by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association's National Labor Office (NLO).
The NLO is the liaison between the 37 independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies and labor unions, which account for over 17 million BCBS members. As a strategic alliance member, Ameritox will have the opportunity to offer its services to Blue companies in addressing prescription medication misuse and abuse. NLO strategic alliances, which include 11 other companies, are aimed at providing union members with services that can improve the quality, efficiency and affordability of care.
"Becoming a strategic alliance member of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association's NLO underscores the importance Ameritox places on being a trusted provider in an industry critical to addressing prescription drug misuse, abuse and diversion," said Tony Pino, Senior Vice President of Managed Care for Ameritox. "Our work with the nation's influential health plans will help improve patient care and help prevent tragedy."
Ensuring proper use of medication is becoming an urgent need in the United States. National data shows that deaths from incorrect use of prescription medications are on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one person dies every 19 minutes from prescription drug abuse in the U.S. In 29 states, more people died last year from drug overdoses than from car accidents, according to Trust for America's Health, a non-profit, non-partisan research organization.
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Ameritox helped pioneer the prescription drug monitoring necessary to address the national epidemic of prescription drug misuse, abuse and diversion. As the nation's trusted leader in Pain Medication Monitoring Solutions(SM), Ameritox provides medical and business professionals with data-driven analysis and tailored solutions that can improve patient care and prevent tragedy. Ameritox, headquartered in Baltimore, Md., has 800 employees nationwide and laboratory facilities in Greensboro, N.C.