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A Louisiana lawmaker introduced legislation in the state’s Senate to create a workers compensation prescription drug formulary.
S.B. 160, introduced Tuesday by Republican Sen. Kurt Talbot, would require the state’s Office of Workers Compensation’s assistant secretary to establish a prescription drug formulary to be released no later than Jan. 1, 2021, using the same criteria as was used for the development of the state’s medical treatment guidelines.
The bill also would also require the assistant secretary to consider whether formulary should include measures to aid in opioid medication management, limit the duration and dosage of such prescriptions, and be self-updating. The bill does allow the OWC to adopt an existing drug formulary as long as it is written specifically for workers compensation.
The formulary would apply to claims where the workers’ injuries took place on or after Jan. 1, 2021, and for all other claims, use of the formulary would be mandated for all refills and new prescriptions prescribed or dispensed for outpatient use on and after July 1, 2021.
The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations.
The National Council of Insurance Legislators is in the early planning stages of possibly creating a model law on workers compensation drug formularies, the organization’s spokesman confirmed on Friday.