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Human Studies

2022 Jul 07

JCO Oncol Pract

Medicare Part D Coverage Restrictions and Patient Cost-Sharing for Opioids Commonly Used for Cancer Pain, 2015-2021.


Bao Y, Zhang H, Hartung DM, Witkin LR, Paice JA
JCO Oncol Pract. 2022 Jul 07:OP2100867.
PMID: 35797497.


Nation-wide rapid declines in prescription opioid dispensing gave rise to concerns regarding restricted access to effective pain management for patients with cancer-related pain. One important mechanism for such restrictions could be through more restrictive insurance coverage for opioids. This study aims to assess recent changes in Medicare Part D formulary designs for opioids commonly used for cancer-related pain.