KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

full issue

Iowa Lawmakers Propose Tamper-Proof Painkillers To Help Combat Opioid Crisis

They say doctors would have the discretion to prescribe the specially formulated pills to those who have a propensity to get addicted. And in Virginia, a measure aimed at curbing over-prescription moves forward.

Iowa Public Radio: Tamper-Proof Painkillers Urged
Republicans in the Iowa House are backing a special kind of prescription painkiller they say will help cut down on opioid abuse. GOP lawmakers have introduced a bill to encourage the use of tamper-proof pills for doctors to prescribe for patients likely to abuse. (Russell, 2/3)

The Richmond Times-Dispatch: Bill To Curb Overprescribing Of Opioids Advances
In a bill advanced by a House subcommittee Tuesday, doctors and other prescribers would be required to check the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program before writing a prescription for opioid painkillers for longer than two weeks. House Bill 293 is aimed at curbing overprescribing of drugs such as oxycodone and stemming an alarming rise in prescription opioid and heroin overdose deaths across the state and nation. (Smith, 2/3)

This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.