Health insurer Cigna announced this week it will stop covering the prescription opioid OxyContin in an effort to reduce inappropriate use of the drug. Instead it will cover an equivalent drug less vulnerable to being misused.
Drug company and government officials announced new efforts designed to fight opioid addiction during a meeting this week of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.
President Trump this week promised to win the fight against the opioid epidemic, but declined to act on a recommendation to declare a national emergency. He offered no new recommendations, Reuters reports.
At least 17 states have passed laws limiting painkiller prescribing, The Washington Post reports. Some states have enacted measures that limit opioid prescriptions to five or seven days, while others have passed dosage limits.