CIGNA drops Oxycontin on employer-based plans

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CIGNA drops Oxycontin on employer-based plans. Registered Nurse Ali Gorman reports during Action News at 5 p.m. on October 5, 2017. (WPVI)

CIGNA is one of the nation's biggest health insurers, and says it will stop covering Oxycontin prescriptions on its employer-based plans.

The company says customers who have started it for cancer or hospice care are exempt.

Other patients will be switched to Xtampsa.

CIGNA says it deters abuse - maintaining a constant dosage, even if it's crushed.

The maker of OxyContin says both drugs have similar properties, and the move is a financial one.
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