Cigna plans to cut opioid use among U.S. customers by 25 pct

From Reuters:

Health insurer Cigna Corp plans to cut its customers’ prescriptions for opioid treatments by 25 percent over the next three years, putting its weight behind a U.S. government battle against addictive pain killers.

Cigna, whose plan to be acquired by Anthem Inc would make it part of the nation’s largest health insurer, said on Thursday it is backing efforts by state governments to require doctors to check state databases for high-risk customers before prescribing opioid drugs for longer than 21 days.

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