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Arkansas considers comp formulary

Posted On: May. 3, 2017 1:05 PM CST

The Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission has scheduled a public hearing for May 23 as it considers adopting a drug formulary that would require preauthorization for opioid prescriptions and pose fill limits for such addictive pain medication.

According to a draft of the proposed rules, there would be a cap on the strength of opioids prescribed with limits of five days for the first fill and a 90-day maximum for refills; refills will require preauthorization.

The proposal will also require that physicians prescribing to injured workers check the state’s prescription drug monitoring database for any current medications prescribed to a patient being treated. 

The proposed formulary would mirror what is already in place for the Public Employee Claims Division, which runs the workers comp program for all state employees, according to the proposed guidelines.

The new rule would go into effect Sept. 1.