PHARMACY

Report: Medicare Part D plans less apt to cover opioids with abuse deterrents

BY DSN STAFF

Despite high-profile efforts to implement abuse-deterrent labels and properties on brand-name opioids, advisory company Avalere Health’s latest research notes a key blind spot in the efforts — accessibility. In particular, the research shows that Medicare Part D plans cover generic opioids that lack abuse-deterrent features at a higher rate than it covers branded opioids. 
 
“While there has been significant attention on the development and approval of new abuse-deterrent drug products, there has been noticeably less consideration of access to such products,” Avalere CEO Dan Mendelson said.
 
Particularly with regard to oxycodone hydrochloride, the brand-name OxyContin received approval from the Food and Drug Administration in 2013 for abuse-deterrent labeling, but since 2012, Part D plan coverage for it has dropped from 61% to 46%. On the other hand, every Part D plan covers generic oxycodone hydrochloride. As a result, seniors have less access to safer opioids.
 
“While prescription opioid abuse continues to be a priority for public health experts and lawmakers, coverage for these products by Part D plans is limited and plans are increasingly favoring lower-cost generic products on their formularies,” Avalere SVP Caroline Pearson said. “Policymakers seeking to limit opioid abuse will have to balance the desire for greater access to abuse-deterrent opioids with the increased costs of such medications to public programs and private payers.”
keyboard_arrow_downCOMMENTS

Leave a Reply

No comments found

TRENDING STORIES

Polls

Which area of the industry do you think Amazon's entry would shake up the most?
PHARMACY

Report: Florida Board of Pharmacy holds public hearing on patient access to pain meds

BY Antoinette Alexander

TAMPA, Fla. — Patient access to medically necessary pain medications and prescription drug abuse is a complex issue that has many pharmacists caught in the middle. In an effort to find a resolution, patients impacted by the debacle convened for a public hearing Tuesday to share their stories before the Florida Board of Pharmacy, according to a local news report.

The hearing marked the first time that patients got the chance to share their stories of frustration and humiliation when trying to fill legitimate prescriptions.

Doctors and pharmacists also addressed the Florida Board of Pharmacy Committee, according to WFTS-TV. Also in attendance was Kevin Nicholson, VP, public policy and regulatory affairs of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, who spoke briefly at the hearing.

After hearing public comment, the committee began brainstorming for resolutions. According to the report, they include better communication between the pharmacists and physicians and a reevaluation of the red flag system.

Click here to view the full report on the "pharmacy crawl."

keyboard_arrow_downCOMMENTS

Leave a Reply

No comments found

TRENDING STORIES

Polls

Which area of the industry do you think Amazon's entry would shake up the most?
PHARMACY

Wegmans rolls out telehealth pilot program

BY David Salazar

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — As Walgreens expands its partnership with MDLive to three new states and RiteAid tests out a pilot program, Wegmans is forging into telehealth territory with a new virtual doctor program in four of its stores’ pharmacies.
 
According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, customers in DeWitt, New York; Niagara Falls, New York; Fairfax, Virginia; and Allentown, Pennsylvania can now stop into their Wegmans pharmacy for a virtual doctor’s visit through Doctor on Demand, which allows users to see doctors and psychologists online with their computer, smartphone or tablet. The Wegmans pharmacies in the program also have a kiosk for users without a computer. 
 
The first Doctors on Demand visit is free, and will put users in touch with board-certified doctors who are available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Though Wegmans employees in DeWitt say that the Doctor on Demand services aren’t meant for emergencies, they can be helpful for things like sinus infections or cold and flu cases. 
keyboard_arrow_downCOMMENTS

Leave a Reply

No comments found

TRENDING STORIES

Polls

Which area of the industry do you think Amazon's entry would shake up the most?