Tim Hermes from Collegium Discusses the Fallacy of Traditional Fail-First Policies Applied to Abuse-Deterrent Opioids
Abuse-deterrent opioids (ADOs) are important tools in the fight against opioid abuse. ADOs mitigate certain types of opioid abuse by making manipulation of the tablet or capsule more difficult by employing various types of barriers. Yet, lack of patient access to the currently available ADOs is becoming one of the biggest challenges in the opioid abuse space. People in pain are forced by their commercial insurance companies to “fail” on a non-ADO before they can be treated with an ADO. While progress has been made to establish legislation that prohibits the implementation of fail-first policies for ADOs, more needs to be done. Read more here.