PhRMA Releases New Policy Proposals

On December 11, 2017, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) issued statements of support for several policy proposals focused on resolving the opioid crisis. The proposals included: limits on prescribing, a ban on prescribing of Schedule II opioids in an office setting, ongoing prescriber training, and expanded access to addiction treatment options. Along with the policy proposals came an announcement that PhRMA and the Addiction Policy Forum have entered into a multi-year, multi-million dollar initiative to combat the opioid crisis and implement the Forum's plan to help solve the opioid crisis. PhRMA and Addiction Policy Forum Partnership The plan identified eight strategic focus areas to address addiction and the recommendations included analysis of key states to identify gaps in existing programs, increased education efforts for patients and families and the development of an online portal to connect individuals with addiction treatment options and information. “We are deeply committed to addressing the opioid crisis and advancing solutions that will make a meaningful difference for families and communities,” said PhRMA President and CEO Stephen J. Ubl. “This is only possible if we make a point to listen, partner with organizations and experts on the ground, and ensure that our top priority is saving lives. The Addiction Policy Forum is actively working to provide resources to reduce the stigma surrounding addiction and...
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