Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive Painkillers

In the midst of an epidemic that has reached crisis levels across the U.S., The New York Times reports that insurance companies’ pricing policies may be contributing to the prolific prescribing of opioids to Americans. Heretofore, doctors, pharmacies and drug companies have been blamed for the overdoses and record deaths attributed to opioid painkillers. But, the Times says, insurance companies are just as culpable because they make it difficult, if not impossible, for patients to get...

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