Cigna To Stop Covering Most OxyContin Prescriptions

Cigna To Stop Covering Most OxyContin Prescriptions

 Insurance giant Cigna says it will no longer cover most OxyContin prescriptions starting in 2018.

The company says it’s an attempt to reduce opioid use amid a nationwide abuse epidemic.

In a statement released Wednesday, Cigna Chief Pharmacy Officer Jon Maesner said, “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 is taking a multi-faceted approach to reduce opioid use by 25% by 2019.

The company is in the process of notifying customers with current OxyContin prescriptions and their doctors of the upcoming change.

OxyContin is a brand name for an extended-release version of oxycodone, a commonly prescribed opioid painkiller.

Cigna says they will consider approving coverage for OxyContin if a customer’s doctor feels that OxyContin is medically necessary.

Instead of OxyContin, Cigna says they are asking opioid manufacturers to align with efforts to reduce opioid use and has signed a value-based contract with Collegium Pharmaceutical for the drug Xtampza ER, an oxycodone equivalent with abuse-deterrent properties.

Copyright 2017 WFMY


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