Azar Unveils Plan to Help Pregnant Patients Quit Opioids (MedPage Today)
Tuesday Oct 23rd, 2018
States will get help from the federal government integrating services for pregnant and postpartum Medicaid patients with opioid use disorder under a pilot program announced Tuesday by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar.
"The M-O-M model, for 'Maternal Opioid Misuse,' will partner with state Medicaid agencies to integrate a wide range of services for pregnant and postpartum women struggling with opioid misuse, to ensure not only their health, well-being, and recovery, but protect the health of their children as well," Azar said at a conference here sponsored by the Milken Institute of Santa Monica, California, a think tank that specializes in social issues.
Not everyone is happy with the administration's efforts so far, however. Public Citizen noted in a press release Tuesday that then-Baltimore Health Commissioner Leana Wen, MD, asked the Trump administration in May to authorize generic competition for opioid overdose antidotes such as naloxone (Narcan and Evzio); Narcan currently sells for $37.50 in the U.S. compared to $0.15 in India.