Compelling Cost Saving Intervention for State Medicaid Opioid Response

Compelling data from a recent study indicates that locking vial dispensing for MAT/MOUD is a clinical must-have.

Locking vials were proven to alleviate provider concerns over diversion and reduced the top three barriers to patient enrollment in MAT, which generates a 74% 12-month reduction in acute care utilization by the patient.

The results have led to national media coverage in Pharmacy Times, Becker’s Hospital Review and other publications, and are driving Medicaid coverage decisions in multiple states.


Intervention: Locking vial dispensing for MAT/MOUD drugs

High ROI, Low Cost: Total annual cost of – 3-5 cents per capita with typical modeled ROI ≥ 300%

Join other clinicians in advocating for your state Medicaid coverage for

MAT/MOUD and controlled substance dispensing.

Provider Concern Over Medication Safety

LPV Impact on Patient Enrollment Barriers

Barriers of MAT EnrollmentLPV Impact to reducing Barriers
Stigma of MATLPVs provide discreet storage, enabling privacy for patients and freedom to seek treatment.
Accessibility of MAT sitesLPVs enable safe transport between pharmacy/clinic and home, and dispensing of longer doses to ease patient burden.
Medication Diversion RiskLPVs prevent pill theft and access by young children, giving patient peace of mind that their meds will be there when needed.

Before LPV

Concern over medication safety

was a primary barrier to patient enrollment


Had medication missing

from regular bottle

After LPV

Impact of LPV on MAT enrollment

barrier and medication security


Had medication missing


Increase in feeling safe with LPV

Had medication missing

Increase in feeling safe

with LPV

“100% of providers surveyed were in support of using a locking prescription vial for controlled substances as a means of safe storage.”
– JOHN AHLER, RPh. Pharmacy Director, Lower Lights Christian Health Center