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Express Scripts to limit opioid prescriptions

Friday, September 1, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: David Waldrep
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The AP (8/16, Salter) reports Express Scripts will “limit the number and strength of opioid drugs prescribed to first-time users as part of a wide-ranging effort to curb an epidemic affecting millions of Americans.” The new program will limit new opioid users to seven-day prescriptions, even if the physician orders scripts for a longer duration. It will also only distribute short-acting opioids for first-time prescriptions, even though many doctors prescribe long-acting opioids. The FDA currently requires misuse warnings on all prescription medications, but Express Scripts will also send a letter to new opioid patients alerting them about the dangers of addiction. The American Medical Association is critical of the program, because the association believes treatment plans should be left to doctors. Patrice A. Harris, MD, an Atlanta psychiatrist who chairs the American Medical Association’s Opioids Task Force, “said doctors are already working toward addressing the opioid epidemic.”

For more information about how to help reverse the nation’s opioid epidemic, visit the AMA’s microsite, End the Opioid Epidemic.

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