Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the Ohio BWC’s announcement that its plan to phase out coverage for Oxycontin and its generic form by the end of the year began on June 1st.
The BWC noted that as a result of the potential for abuse, misuse, addiction, and dependence, it will no longer pay for Oxycontin or generic sustained-release oxycodone tablets for workers who were injured on or after June 1st. The BWC also noted that it is encouraging injured workers to discuss other painkillers on its formulary with their physicians, and to explore non-medication treatment options for chronic pain. The new rule does not apply to immediate-release oxycodone used for acute pain. Injured workers currently on the phased out drugs will have until the end of the year to discontinue use or switch to other drugs on the formulary.
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