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    BLOOMFIELD, Conn. —

    Major insurance provider Cigna says it will no longer cover Oxycontin for customers in an effort to reduce opioid abuse in the U.S.

    The Connecticut-based company says the changes will be made starting on Jan. 1, 2018 for its group commercial drug list.
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    Cigna says it is currently in the process of notifying customers who have Oxycontin prescriptions, so they will have time to discuss alternative treatment options with their doctors.

    “Our focus is on helping customers get the most value from their medications – this means obtaining effective pain relief while also guarding against opioid misuse," Cigna's chief pharmacy officer Jon Maesner said. "We continually evaluate the clinical effectiveness, affordability and safety of all our covered medications as these characteristics can change over time, and we make adjustments that we believe will provide better overall value for those we serve."

    Those in hospice care or who are using Oxycontin for cancer treatments will continue to have the medication covered by their insurance in 2018. Cigna says the company will consider approving coverage for the opioid if a customer's doctor determines that Oxycontin is "medically necessary.
    Major insurance provider Cigna says it will no longer cover Oxycontin for customers in an effort to reduce opioid abuse in the U.S.
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  • #2
    This isn't going to do anything except turn legitimate pain patients to heroin..when they can no longer stand their untreated pain or the life heroin brings, some will take their lives.

    When will this country wake up and learn from the past (prohibition anyone?) that outlawing the supply of whatever doesn't stop people from using substances. It allows black markets to take over (as is the case with heroin) and allows for unsafe substances to reach the illicit supply.

    People will always use drugs and despite prohibiting them, arresting people etc it hasn't worked in all these years and the problem just gets worse. Until we get businesess (of which insurance companies are one along with the entire industrialized, for-profit prision complex) out of what is a health issue, we will forever be behind the eight ball...people dying from bad batches of illicit drugs.

    It's about time we use compassion and modern medicine to treat addiction and not punish those in chronic and end-life pain by making medication harder to access. I know Cigna says that it will be available for these populations, but the paperwork and medical review involved is going to make this a nightmare for people in pain.

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    • #3
      Lolledee,

      Great post. I agree with a lot of what you are saying. And while i agree that prohibition allows the black market to take over the market and make things worse, I certainly don’t think legalizing heroin or any other illicit drug is the answer (not that you’re saying that - I’m just providing my thoughts). What are your thoughts on this issue? What do you think the solution is?

      I look forward to hearing more of your thoughts on this.

      William
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