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LouisvilleKY-based WellCare reports Pilot Program Reduces Opioid Dispensing by 50 Percent Among At-Risk Populations

Company to implement program solutions across Medicaid markets in 2018 to help prevent opioid misuse, abuse and addiction LOUISVILLE, Ky. and TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — As the nation faces a growing opioid crisis, WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), a leading provider of Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, saw a 50 percent reduction in opioid dispensing among members participating in a pharmacy management program in the company’s Kentucky market. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the amount of prescription opioids sold in the United States has quadrupled since 1999, and 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose every day. These numbers…

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LouisvilleKy files lawsuit in opioid crisis

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville Metro Government has filed a federal lawsuit against the three largest wholesale opioid distribution companies – Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen, and McKesson – for dumping millions of pills into Louisville neighborhoods while refusing to fulfill their obligations to monitor, identify, report and halt suspicious shipments of opioids. The suit, filed Monday in U.S. District court under the direction of Mayor Greg Fischer and Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell, seeks damages to help Louisville combat the opioid public health crisis that has impacted Louisville and has led to everything from overdose deaths to increased crime in the…