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  • Medication Recall: Two lots of fentanyl transdermal system (patch) recalled

    • Optum for Workers' Compensation
    | Apr 25, 2019
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    recall, Opioids, Fentanyl, Clinical, FDA
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Alvogen, Inc. voluntarily recalled two lots of fentanyl patches 12 mcg/hour at the consumer level.

  • FDA requires label changes for opioid analgesics to guide prescribers when gradual tapering is needed

    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Apr 15, 2019
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    FDA, Pharmacy, Opioids, opioid analgesics, Clinical
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety communication in early April that requires changes to prescribing information for opioid analgesics used in outpatient settings. The goal is to expand the information available to health care providers and patients when opioid analgesics have been prescribed and there is a need to safely decrease the dose or discontinue use of an opioid analgesic

  • New generic options available for Flector® Patch

    | Mar 27, 2019
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    Generics, Clinical
    Teva Pharmaceuticals has launched an authorized generic version of Flector Patch 1.3% (diclofenac epolamine topical patch), originally manufactured by Pfizer, in the United States (U.S.). Additionally, Greenstone, a Pfizer Company, is also launching an authorized generic version of Flector Patch.

  • Florida approves smoking of medical marijuana

    | Mar 25, 2019
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    Government Affairs, Workers' Compensation, Medical Marijuana
    The newly-elected Governor of Florida has paved the way for Florida residents in the medical marijuana program to smoke the product. This new option is available following the governor signing Senate Bill 182 into law on March 18, 2019.

  • PBM 101: A refresher on the role of pharmacy management in workers’ comp

    • Katie Dwyer - Risk & Insurance
    | Mar 12, 2019
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    Workers' Compensation, workers compensation, Workers Comp, PBM
    Increasingly, PBMs are relying on massive stores of data to identify broader patterns that inform individual prescription decisions. According to David Young, President and CEO of Optum Workers’ Compensation and Auto No-fault, this is a PBM’s true value proposition.

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