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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

The leading health insurer in Florida said on Tuesday they will no longer cover the opioid drug OxyContin starting January 1, 2018. Florida Blue said they will be covering Xtampza ER as a replacement. They said Xtampza ER is a new oxycodone formula developed specifically to help prevent abuse of the drug. It's approved by the Federal Drug Administration to help "manage severe pain that requires long-term opioid treatment". Florida Blue said they are taking this step as part of its effort to fight the opioid epidemic in the state of Florida.

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"People who abuse OxyContin typically try to tamper with the drug by crushing it, creating a higher and faster acting dose that can be snorted or injected. This type of consumption can quickly lead to addiction and overdose," said Scott McClelland, Pharm.D., vice president of commercial and specialty pharmacy at Florida Blue. "After careful review of the scientific data supporting the abuse-deterrent features of Xtampza ER, we decided to replace OxyContin on the formulary and believe this will be an important step to addressing the opioid epidemic among the people we serve in the state."

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The Sackler family is very disappointed.

#1 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-08 08:59 AM | Reply

Where will Rush get his fix of hillbilly heroin now?

#2 | Posted by 726 at 2017-11-08 10:41 AM | Reply

But hey, lets keep a better pain reliever in weed illegal because freedumb and jesus.

#3 | Posted by 726 at 2017-11-08 10:42 AM | Reply

Pot is legal in California, they just decided to tax it at 70% to so that illegal suppliers can stay in business.

#4 | Posted by visitor_ at 2017-11-08 10:50 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

So now the line for Oxy will just be outside behind the dipsy dumpster.

#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-11-08 02:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Pot is legal in California, they just decided to tax it at 70% to so that illegal suppliers can stay in business.

#4 | Posted by visitor_

Sure just like texas is keeping it illegal so unethical pharmas can stay in business.

#6 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-08 08:22 PM | Reply

Pot is legal in California, they just decided to tax it at 70% to so that illegal suppliers can stay in business.

Interesting. When I was in WA I went to one of their dispensaries and bought some good ganja for half what the street price was.

When I lived along the Central Coast of CA a couple decades ago... weed was the #1 cash crop then. If you look at CA's agricultural output in CA that means a lot.

Oh and BTW the whole reason for legalizing CA #1 cash crop is so that they can tax it...DOH!! That is why it is one rich ass state... a rich ass state whose federal tax dollars help keep the red states afloat when they put a pig in power against their own best interests

#7 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2017-11-09 07:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This drug has important uses in traumatic post surgical procedures and should not be banned.

Only 3% of prescription OxyContin users ever develop into addicts.

Adopting EU legal approaches to drug addiction will save lives and create tax paying drug addicts instead of thieves, murderers and unnecessary deaths.

#8 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-11-09 07:44 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Xtampza

"WARNING: ADDICTION, ABUSE, and MISUSE; LIFE-THREATENING RESPIRATORY DEPRESSION; ACCIDENTAL INGESTION; NEONATAL OPIOID WITHDRAWAL SYNDROME; CYTOCHROME P450 3A4 INTERACTION; and RISKS FROM CONCOMITANT USE WITH ..."

from the study on it:

"Abuse of Xtampza ER by injection and by the nasal route of administration, as well as by the oral route is still possible."

Long story short, if you want to get high on it, crush and snort it. You'll be slightly less high than regular Oxy, that's about it.

#9 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-09 09:10 AM | Reply

However, given that it's ER compared to instant relief, addicts will simply up their dosage to get as high as oxy, and be high a lot longer.

#10 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-09 09:11 AM | Reply

There are some people who need oxy. It is the med that works for their pain. Tell me how making them pay full price for their meds will stop even one person from using heroin

#11 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-11-09 04:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

which is more likely:

1) faced with the full price of oxy a person in pain will just endure the pain or use something that only kills SOME of the pain

2) faced with the full price of oxy a person in pain will buy the cheaper easier to get heroin and treat their own pain

3) faced with the full price of oxy a person in pain will max out their credit to get what they need

Anyone who believes (1) is the answer has never been in pain

These laws create more heroin users

#12 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-11-09 04:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

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