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CareOregon is making changes to formulary opioids

December 01, 2016

Effective January 1, 2017, CareOregon is making these changes for formulary opioids:

1) Adding daily quantity limits for all short-acting, formulary opioids

2) Requiring Prior Authorizations for all strengths of morphine ER for new starts

These changes are being made to support and promote safe opioid use and appropriate pain management. This is in line with the CDC’s Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain and the recent Oregon Health Plan coverage change for the treatment of back pain. Summaries of evidence demonstrate that the risk of chronic and/or high-dose opioid use greatly outweighs the benefit for the majority of patients.

You can read more about these changes, including what the limits are, by reading the full communication here.