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Sharing perspectives leads to greater understanding and fuels innovation. The ​Optum Insights Blog is where we share our perspective and challenge preconceptions to clear a new path forward.




  • Novartis halts distribution of ranitidine products, generic for Zantac®, as precaution during investigation of possible contamination

    Sep 19, 2019
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    Pharmacy, Clinical, recall, FDA
    On September 18, 2019, Novartis announced it is stopping the distribution of its Sandoz division’s ranitidine, generic for Zantac®, until further notice. This decision was made as a result of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) statement on September 13 that low levels of a human carcinogen were found in some ranitidine products.


  • FDA approves first alternative medications to Lyrica (pregabalin)

    Jul 22, 2019
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    Workers' Compensation, workers compensation, Medicare Insights, Settlement Solutions, Pain Management, Lyrica, Clinical
    Much anticipated alternative medications for Lyrica® (pregabalin) were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 19, 2019. This approval follows a six-month delay announced last year. Pregabalin is an anticonvulsant with FDA approval to treat neuropathic (nerve) pain associated with diabetes, postherpetic neuralgia (shingles), fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain associated with spinal cord injury. In addition, it is approved as adjunct therapy for the treatment of partial onset seizures.


  • Colorado doctors can now recommend medical marijuana as opioid alternative

    Jun 13, 2019
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    Clinical Intervention, Clinical, Opioids, Government Affairs, Medical Marijuana
    The Colorado legislature has passed a law permitting physicians to recommend marijuana in lieu of opioids to treat certain disabling medical conditions. Senate Bill 13, gives providers greater leeway in discussing pain treatment options with their patients and is scheduled to take effect August 2, 2019.


  • Minnesota enacts opioid prescribing limits

    Jun 03, 2019
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    Workers' Compensation, Opioids, Pain Management, Government Affairs, Clinical
    Minnesota has enacted legislation to address the opioid epidemic that includes opioid prescription and dispensing limitations for acute pain and initial prescriptions. The new policy expands upon prior narrower limitations. These new limitations take effect August 1, 2019.


  • Answers to Your Most Common Questions about Predictive Analytics in Workers’ Comp

    May 16, 2019
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    Analytics, Workers Comp, Clinical, Predictive Analytics
    Predictive analytics improve clinical outcomes and reduce costs for payers, but only if used properly. Risk & Insurance interviewed OWCA experts to learn how to apply predictive analytics in workers' compensation.


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

    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.


  • Register for 2019 Continuing Education

    Jan 25, 2019
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    Government Affairs, Webinar - Workers' Compensation, workers compensation, Settlement, Pharmacy, Pain Management, Clinical, Continuing Education
    From the state house, to the pharmacy, to claim resolution, Optum is kicking off its 2019 continuing education calendar with "What to watch for in 2019." See our full year of topics & register to gain the knowledge you need to move move forward this year!


  • FDA creates faster way to access over-the-counter naloxone products to treat opioid overdoses

    Jan 24, 2019
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    Opioids, FDA, Clinical
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently established a more rapid path for pharmaceutical companies to add over-the-counter (OTC) naloxone products to the market to increase access to naloxone – a life-saving medication used for the emergency treatment of opioid-related overdose – and help reduce opioid-related overdose deaths.


  • Pfizer defers July 2018 price increases

    Aug 16, 2018
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    Diabetes, Pain Management, Workers' Compensation
    Pfizer announced that their July 1 medication price increases were rolled back due to market pressures. The intended price increases are not permanently suspended and Pfizer has stated that they have only been deferred until the end of the year.


  • Missouri enacts opioid prescribing limits

    Aug 09, 2018
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    Workers' Compensation, Pain Management, Opioids, Government Affairs
    The Missouri Legislature, in the waning hours of its session, passed legislation containing numerous changes to existing laws governing medical and pharmacy practices. One tucked away segment of the bill imposes prescribing restrictions for initial prescriptions of opioids to treat acute pain.


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