Anthem's 'Pharmacy Home Program' aims to curb opioid abuse

Anthem's affiliated health plans have launched a program aimed at reducing addiction to opioids and other prescription drugs and improving drug safety, the company announced. The Pharmacy Home Program, which targets high-risk members who have individual and employer-sponsored coverage, will limit these members' prescription drug coverage to one member-chosen home pharmacy in order to curtail addicts' tendency to use multiple prescribers and pharmacies to obtain their medications.

"We know from Medicaid programs that efforts like this can result in large drops in opioid prescriptions and lead to more appropriate treatment for substance abuse and pain management," says Sherry Dubester, M.D., Anthem vice president of behavioral health and clinical programs. Announcement

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