In pharmacy news:

A new class of painkillers could substitute for opioids in workers’ comp claims in the future and possibly reduce the potential for addiction. A Risk & Insurance report notes that opioids represent 40 percent of workers’ comp medication costs, increasing as the life of the claim increases. Early reports indicate that Pfizer, Biogen and others are currently working on a new class of non-addictive painkillers that purportedly work differently than traditional opioid medications by alleviating pain without the commensurate euphoria, thus reducing the risk of addiction.

Read more about these developments from Risk & Insurance here.

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