Anticipate Quantity Limits on First-Time Opioid Rxs

You'll see stronger efforts to limit initial opioid Rxs (hydrocodone, etc)...to reduce opioid dependence and overdoses.

Some payers, and over a third of states, now restrict first-time opioid Rxs...such as limiting to a 3- to 10-day supply or capping doses.

Defuse tension if a prior auth is needed for a longer duration or higher dose. Your patients may be unaware of the new restrictions and understandably upset.

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