Attorneys General Urge Health Care Companies to Update Prescribing Practices

Oct 20, 2017

A bipartisan group of state attorneys general, including West Virginia’s Patrick Morrisey, are urging health care companies to develop programs that might mitigate opioid abuse.

The letters urge the companies to adopt programs that promote better prescribing practices, such as limiting prescriptions of opioids to seven days for new patients, limiting the daily dose of opioids based on strength and requiring the initial use of immediate-release formulas.

The letters point to a similar program implemented by CVS Health Corporation as an example of work well done.

The letters call the opioid crisis “the most pressing public health crisis our country faces.” The attorneys general say their hope is to promote practices that curtail the type of over-prescribing that often leads to addiction.   

15 attorneys general from across the country signed the letters.

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