The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation announced on Friday it will begin phasing out coverage for OxyContin and its generic forms by the end of the year, beginning June 1.
According to a press release from the Ohio BWC, the agency said it will no longer pay for the drug or its generic equivalents for any occupational injuries suffered by workers as of June 1, due to drug potential for "abuse, abuse, abuse". and addiction ". Workers who are currently taking OxyContin or a generic version will have until December 31 to interrupt the use of the drugs or switch to another drug on the Ohio Composition Form. Ohio BWC will continue to pay for immediate release oxycodone used to treat acute pain.
Damaged state workers are urged to talk to their doctors about other effective painkillers on the form and to explore alternative treatment applications for medical treatment for chronic pain, according to the release.
The agency's board approved the rule change in February following a 201