September 13, 2017

Boston Globe: Warren, Capito push for partial fill prescription option

WASHINGTON - Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito want major players in the battle against the nation's opioid epidemic to consider promoting and analyzing "partial fill" policies, which allow patients to receive less than a full prescription's worth of medication on a single pharmacy trip.

A clause in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, passed in 2016, permits pharmacies to dispense portions of prescriptions for Schedule II drugs - a classification that includes many opioid-based painkillers with high potential for abuse - and for patients to return later if they feel the remainder of prescribed medication is needed.

Read more on the Boston Globe website here.