How Drug Maker Thwarted W VA’s Anti-Abuse Plan

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The warning signs of what would become a deadly opioid epidemic emerged in early 2001. That’s when the state employee health plan in West Virginia noticed a surge in deaths attributed to oxycodone, the active ingredient in the painkiller OxyContin, reports STAT. They decided that OxyContin prescriptions would require prior authorization. It was a way to ensure that only people who genuinely needed the painkiller . . .

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