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  • First generics for Lyrica® arrive to market ― significant savings expected

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    • Medicare Insights
    | Aug 06, 2019
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    Generics, Pain Management, Pharmacy, Medicare Insights, medicareinsights blog, Lyrica
    The Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set Aside (WCMSA) portal has been updated to reflect some of the generic formulations of Lyrica® (updates listed below). We expect to see significant savings with the addition of these generics to the marketplace.


  • New York announces process for payers to access the Drug Formulary Prior Authorization System

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    • Optum for Workers' Compensation
    | Aug 06, 2019
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    Pharmacy, Clinical, Government Affairs, New York, formulary
    The New York State Workers Compensation Board (WCB) has released information on how to access and use the Drug Formulary Prior Authorization System. This is a web-based application to support the new drug formulary. It will be accessible on the WCB website and medical portal.


  • 5 Advanced Ways Clinical Expertise Can Improve Workers’ Comp Outcomes

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    • Risk & Insurance
    | Aug 01, 2019
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    PBM, Clinical Intervention, Clinical
    Caring for injured workers should involve more than just processing transactions. Applying a clinical approach from the onset of an injury ensures more appropriate care and better outcomes.


  • States continue to approve medical marijuana ―
    could this open the door to use in workers’ comp?

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    • Kevin Tribout
    • Adam Fowler
    | Jul 31, 2019
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    Pharmacy, Pain Management, Workers' Compensation, Clinical, Chronic Pain, Government Affairs, Medical Marijuana
    More and more states are reversing course and expanding support for medical marijuana, even though, not that long ago, these states disapproved of it. Could the groundswell of support among states for medical marijuana open the door to use in workers’ comp? Read more on our blog.


  • FDA approves first alternative medications to Lyrica (pregabalin)

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    • Optum for Workers' Compensation
    | Jul 22, 2019
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    Workers' Compensation, workers compensation, Medicare Insights, Settlement Solutions, Pain Management, Lyrica, Clinical
    Much anticipated alternative medications for Lyrica® (pregabalin) were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 19, 2019. This approval follows a six-month delay announced last year. Pregabalin is an anticonvulsant with FDA approval to treat neuropathic (nerve) pain associated with diabetes, postherpetic neuralgia (shingles), fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain associated with spinal cord injury. In addition, it is approved as adjunct therapy for the treatment of partial onset seizures.


  • States’ push for PTSD coverage triggers concerns over future treatment impact

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    • Optum for Workers' Compensation
    | Jun 27, 2019
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    Workers' Compensation, PTSD, Government Affairs, first responders
    The push among states to address workers' compensation coverage for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for first responders is sparking debates over the future impact this coverage will have on states and municipal governments.


  • Texas governor signs opioid control legislation

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    | Jun 21, 2019
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    Pain Management, Pharmacy, Government Affairs, Opioids
    A new Texas law to curb opioid abuse includes prescribing restrictions for opioid treatment of acute pain. Effective September 1, 2019, when prescribing for treatment of acute pain, a provider may not prescribe opioids for more than a 10-day supply or refill an opioid.



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