Brainstorm Health: Cigna’s War on Opioids, Birth Control Mandate, AbbVie AndroGel Hit

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Health insurance giant Cigna announced that it will largely ditch coverage for OxyContin (or oxycodone), in its group health plans beginning in January 2018. “Our focus is on helping customers get the most value from their medications--this means obtaining effective pain relief while also guarding against opioid misuse,” said Cigna Chief Pharmacy Officer Jon Maesner in a statement.

It’s not the first step the insurer has taken to try and...

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