Tuesday, June 28, 2005
State Medicaid officials this summer will place a cap on the amounts and types of prescription narcotics and antidepressants that patients can receive without their doctors justifying it to officials.
It's a closely watched move aimed at curbing demand for the public health program's most abused — and costly — medications.
Starting Friday, Medicaid will stop covering all name-brand antidepressants, including Prozac, Zoloft and Celexa, without a doctor's express justification. Then on Sept. 1, physicians also will have to get approval before treating Medicaid patients with more than one similar antidepressant, even generics, beyond 68 days.
Related link: Medical Assistance Administration, State of Washington