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Abuse-deterrent formularies

The issue

The opioid epidemic is on the rise and requires action, but legitimate pain patients still need access to the medications they rely on. Abuse-deterrent formularies (ADFs) are opioid medications that are designed to resist physical and chemical extraction, making difficult for abusers to receive a “high.” Thus, ADFs help prevent addiction before it starts, without limiting access for legitimate pain patients.

The problem

Insurers don’t always cover ADFs, which makes them inaccessible and limits their potential in curbing opioid abuse.

Our position: Support

We believe ADFs represent a step forward in fighting the opioid epidemic without penalizing compliant patients, who may rely on opioids for pain management. Read our full position statement here.

ADFs represent a step forward in fighting the opioid epidemic without penalizing compliant patients.

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