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Louisiana Bill to Limit Opioids for Injured Workers Passes Committee

Hoping to prevent fatal overdoses, a House committee passed a bill to make it harder for injured Louisiana workers to access highly-addictive opioid drugs. Lawmakers voted 8-5 on May 11 to have prescribers consult a widely-used formulary before writing a …

California DWC Posts Interim Report on Workers’ Comp Drug Formulary

California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation has posted the second interim status report on its efforts to promulgate regulations for an evidence-based workers’ compensation drug formulary. The regulations were as required by a law passed last year, Assembly Bill 1124. The …

Employers Struggle to Manage Benefits Covering Specialty Drugs

Twenty-seven percent of employers are offering their employees a high deductible plan with co-insurance as part of their specialty drug benefit, and although this strategy helps to lower insurance premiums, it can also result in members not being able to …

New Ohio Workers’ Comp Opioid Prescription Rule now in Effect

A new rule governing the prescribing of opioids to treat Ohioans injured on the job took effect on Oct. 1, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) reported. The changes target the prevention of opioid dependence by encouraging appropriate prescribing …

Analysis: North Carolina Studying Drug Formularies in Workers’ Comp Claims

During the 2015 legislative session, the North Carolina General Assembly authorized and funded a study regarding prescription drug formularies in workers’ compensation claims brought by state employees. While this statute does not create a formulary, it certainly shows that the …

Prescription Benefit Managers Excluding More High-Priced Drugs

Steve Miller is waging war on high- priced medicine, guiding decisions to ban drugs from the health plans of millions of Americans and sending companies reeling in a $270 billion market. He and his colleagues at Express Scripts Holding Co. …

Study: Formulary Could Save California Workers’ Comp $124M-$420M

Adopting a state-mandated workers’ compensation prescription drug formulary similar to systems in place in Texas and Washington could reduce California workers’ comp pharmacy payments by between $124 million and $420 million per year, a California Workers’ Compensation Institute study shows. …

Ohio, Indiana Struggle with Impact of Opioids on Injured Workers

Editor’s Note: This is part of a team report on opioid use by injured workers. For the national story read: Opioid Epidemic Plagues Workers’ Comp In the Midwest the multitude of jobs in the automotive and agriculture industries highlights the …