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

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    • 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


  • Montana and Wyoming enact opioid prescribing limits

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Apr 02, 2019
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    Government Affairs, opioid analgesics, Opioids
    Montana and Wyoming have enacted opioid prescribing limits focused on “opioid-naïve” patients. See our blog to learn the parameters and exceptions to the legislation and impact on workers’ compensation.


  • New generic options available for Flector® Patch

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    | 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

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    • OWCA
    | 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.


  • Oklahoma adds structure to medical marijuana law

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    | Mar 21, 2019
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    Workers' Compensation, workers compensation, Government Affairs, Medical Marijuana
    Oklahoma has enacted a law that adds rules and provides structure for the medical marijuana initiative that voters approved in 2018.


  • New Hampshire decision may open door for medical marijuana in workers’ comp

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    | Mar 14, 2019
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    Pain Management, Workers Comp, workers compensation, Medical Marijuana
    Whether medical marijuana will be permitted in workers’ compensation is a hot topic. A recent Supreme Court decision in New Hampshire may open the door for medical marijuana in workers’ comp. Read more on our Policy Matters blog.


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

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    • 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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