Expand Partial-fill Prescriptions
- The average pill supply given by doctors in the U.S. increased from 13 days in 2006 to 18 days 2015
- 6% of individuals who receive a one-day supply of opioids for acute pain are still taking opioids one year later. The number more than doubles to 13.% for those who receive a prescription for eight days or more and jumps to 30 percent for those prescribed 30 days or more.
CVS Pharmacy is the first national retail chain to restrict how many pain pills doctors can give patients. This new policy means new customers with acute short-term pain will only be able to receive a week's worth of opioid painkilers with a single prescription.
7 Day Fills
Aetna's new initiative "limits acute and post-surgical opioid prescriptions to seven days for first-time prescriptions is a change designed to reduce supply, and most critically, potential for dependence.
- Will patient's copays be adjusted for partial fills?
- Will the costs related to dispensing Schedule II medications be adequately covered?
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