A bill mandating a closed drug formulary for California’s workers comp system is heading to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.
A.B. 1124 was adopted by the state legislature in the final moments of its 2015 session Friday. The bill, introduced and shepherded through the legislative process by Assemblymember Henry Perea, D-Fresno, would establish an evidence-based prescription drug formulary for California’s workers comp system, the largest in the United States, by July 1, 2017.
Such a formulary would be designed to curb the abuse and overprescribing of certain medications, particularly opioids.
“The central purpose of our workers’ comp system is to ensure injured workers regain health and get back to work,” Mr. Perea said in a statement. “When workers get addicted to dangerous medications, goals of the program are not met.”
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