Depression and Anxiety Medication Research

Goals

To obtain a list of 10-20 of the most commonly prescribed medications for treating depression or anxiety. To further determine the protection status ("on patent" or "off patent") of these identified medications. Also, do insurance companies accept telehealth claims for depression/mental health, and why or why not? What pending or recent legislation influences this acceptance?

Early Findings

  • Among other medications, WebMD has mentioned that some of the most commonly used drugs to treat depression include: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs); selective serotonin & norepinephrine inhibitors (SNRIs), vortioxetine and vilazodone; noradrenergic tetracyclic antidepressants, serotonergic antidepressants, older tricyclic antidepressants.
  • Healthline also corroborates the common use of several medications identified by WebMD. Specifically, Maprotiline can be used in treating both depression and anxiety.
  • Traditionally, health insurance plans did not cover telehealth. However, recent nationwide shifts have favored coverage for telehealth.
  • Medicare and Medicaid have reimbursed telehealth for over 10 years. Currently, telehealth parity is mandated by over half of the states within the US. Also, "the Affordable Care Act accelerated this, with its focus on making healthcare more accessible and affordable".
  • The adoption and use of expensive telehealth technologies in delivering mental health services might be limited by the low number of reimbursements received for telehealth services.

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