GOP Candidate Scott Wagner hits out at Governor Wolf on Wagner hits out at Wolf on Opioid Epidemic
Urges Governor To Stand Up To Special Interest Donors
Reiterates Plan To Issue Executive Order Limiting Amount of Drugs Per Prescription
As the Meadville Tribune reports, states like Oklahoma, Washington, Ohio, Tennessee, California, Arizona and Texas all have established drug formularies for their workers compensation programs as a means of cracking down on over-prescribing of opioids.
Wolf’s office last week issued a statement expressing reservations about SB 936:
- “The governor believes that an injured worker’s access to treatment should not be negatively hindered. This has consistently been his concern for more than a year since this bill was introduced. This bill will impact the quality of care for millions of workers should they be injured and could have particularly negative effects on high-risk workers, including law enforcement and laborers.” (Meadville Tribune, 4/21/18)
- The PAC, Fairness PA gave Wolf $1 million in the second half of 2017 and $100,000 so far in 2018.
- As the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, much of Fairness PA’s funding comes from doctors and lawyers who own pharmacies and want to see SB 936 defeated.
- “Fairness PA also received $42,000 last year from Pond Lehocky’s political action committee, Pennsylvanians for Injured Workers, whose donors include doctors from the Insight network and doctors with ownership stakes in the Workers First pharmacy. Attorney Sam Pond has been leading the opposition to legislation to create a workers’ comp drug formulary. Wolf shares that position.” (Inquirer, 3/9/18)