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PA Insurers Begin Limiting First-Time Opioid Prescriptions to Seven Days

Posted on Feb 23, 2018
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Following the lead of many state legislators who have introduced bills to limit initial opioid prescriptions to seven days, insurers in Pennsylvania have announced that they will implement similar policies. Highmark announced that it will initially place the seven-day limit on employer-sponsored plans and will subsequently implement the policy for individual and Medicare plans later in the year. The insurer will also begin to require prior authorization for extended-release opioids for members who have not been prescribed an opioid recently. Both Aetna and Capital BlueCross have adopted similar policies. Read more here.

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