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President Donald Trump is expected to sign into law a comprehensive bipartisan bill that aims to tackle the opioid epidemic in the United States.
Both the Senate and the House of Representatives passed their own versions of the Opioid Crisis Response Act in September and June, respectively. On Sept. 25, the two lawmaking bodies reached an agreement, hammering out the details of the massive package that aims to tackle the crisis from all facets — from shipping, packaging and prescribing of opioids to prevention and treatment efforts.
The bill includes language that would provide money for states to share information on their prescription drug monitoring programs, as all 50 states now have in place such databases, and would clarify the federal Food and Drug Administration’s authority to require that certain opioids be packaged in a way that allows for only a certain amount to be prescribed, such as a three- or seven-day supply in a blister pack, according to a 20-page chart of the proposed law available on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health Education, Labor, and Pensions’ website.
Other elements that would affect the workers comp system is the proposed expansion of research and education dollars to help develop opioid alternatives for managing pain, according to the bill.
The opioid epidemic and cyber exposures are at the top of the risk horizon for medical professional liability insurers, experts say.