Cigna to stop covering OxyContin prescriptions

(WTNH)– One of the nation’s largest health insurers, Cigna, has announced that it will stop covering OxyContin next year.

OxyContin is the branded version of the painkiller oxycodone, which is often abused and misused and has caused addiction in many. Cigna described the move as part of its effort to curb opioid abuse.

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In 2016, Cigna committed to cutting opioid abuse by its customers by 25 percent over a three-year period. More than half of the over 33,000 opioid-related deaths in 2015 were linked to prescription medications, according to a report.

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