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  • Drug Recall: Two lots of Naloxone injection recalled

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Jun 06, 2018
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    Workers' Compensation, Naloxone, FDA
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Hospira, Inc., a Pfizer company, voluntarily recalled two lots of naloxone hydrochloride injection at the hospital and institution level. Naloxone injection is used in the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose. However, this recall does not affect the naloxone products Evzio® auto-injector or Narcan® Nasal Spray.


  • Kentucky initiates formulary development

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    • Optum for Workers' Compensation
    | Jun 05, 2018
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    Workers' Compensation, formulary
    In response to House Bill 2, the Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Medical Advisory Committee met on May 31 to review the recently signed workers’ compensation reform legislation. Commissioner Robert Swisher gave an overview of the new legislative mandates, including adoption of a drug formulary and additional medical treatment guidelines, and plans for moving forward for regulatory development.


  • Tennessee enacts enhanced opioid prescribing controls

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Jun 01, 2018
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    Opioids
    House Bill 1831 was recently signed by Tennessee’s Governor, which enacts prescribing restrictions on opioid analgesics; sets dose caps on morphine milligram equivalent (MME); and defines enhanced prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) requirements. Effective July 1, 2018, the bill bases prescribing restrictions on various treatment timeframes and requires the prescriber to properly examine, justify and document the need for additional opioid treatment.


  • Louisiana expands use of medical marijuana

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | May 31, 2018
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    Medical Marijuana
    The Louisiana Legislature, in the waning days of their session, approved House Bill 579 permitting usage of medical marijuana to treat an expanded list of conditions. The bill permits medical marijuana to treat conditions such as glaucoma, muscle spasms, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Parkinson’s disease and intractable pain.