Health insurance company won't cover OxyContin prescriptions

Posted at 12:01 PM, Oct 05, 2017

Global health insurance provider, Cigna, is taking a big step to reduce the opioid crisis. 

The company will remove OxyContin from its group commercial drug list on January 1st, 2018.

Cigna is in the process of notifying customers with current OxyContin prescriptions and their doctors of the coming changes. 

But -- people who have started using the drug for hospice care or cancer treatments will have their medication covered in 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's chief pharmacy officer. 

Customers with questions should call the number on the back of their Cigna ID card.