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March 23, 2016
March 23, 2016
FDA announced on March 22 that all immediate-release opioid analgesics must carry a black box warning about the serious risks of misuse, abuse,...
Agency steps up efforts to address opioid addiction and overdose epidemic
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March 16, 2016
March 16, 2016
CDC wasted no time releasing its final guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain to address the ongoing opioid addiction and overdose...
Guideline provides recommendations for primary care clinicians
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March 08, 2016
March 08, 2016
APhA2016 in Baltimore included several lively and informative opioid-related education sessions, including Friday’s Point/Counterpoint: Opioids,...
Controversial opioid issues, physician–pharmacist collaboration among topics of education sessions in Baltimore
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March 01, 2016
As the incidence of opioid use and abuse continues to rise, pharmacists, as the most accessible health care providers (and drug experts), are often...
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February 01, 2016
March 01, 2016
Agency seeks to curb opioid prescribing by primary care providers to reduce increasing trends in opioid addiction and overdose
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January 13, 2016
January 13, 2016
Senators present during a U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) hearing on opioid abuse in America each rattled...
Challenges of Pain
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January 08, 2016
January 08, 2016
Massachusetts is spending $700,000 to provide first responders across the state with opioid-overdose reversal drug naloxone. Addiction to opioid...
Massachusetts is spending $700,000 to provide first responders across the state with opioid-overdose reversal drug naloxone. Addiction to opioid analgesics is "the state's greatest public health threat," according to the Massachusetts Health and Human Services Department, taking the lives of about four people per day.
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January 05, 2016
January 05, 2016
The Florida Board of Pharmacy has adopted a rule revision—on standards of practice for the filling of controlled substance prescriptions, electronic...
State board adopts rule revision to help pharmacists and their patients
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December 29, 2015
December 29, 2015
Almost all patients who overdose on prescription opioids continue to receive prescriptions for them, new research shows. The retrospective cohort...
Almost all patients who overdose on prescription opioids continue to receive prescriptions for them, new research shows. The retrospective cohort study involved more than 2,800 commercially insured patients aged 18–64 years who had a nonfatal opioid overdose during long-term opioid therapy for noncancer pain between 2000 and 2012.
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December 21, 2015
December 21, 2015
CDC reported on December 18 that opioid-related overdose deaths reached new levels last year. According to the report, natural or semi-synthetic...
CDC reported on December 18 that opioid-related overdose deaths reached new levels last year. According to the <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm64e1218a1.htm?s_cid=mm64e1218a1_w" target="_blank">report</a>, natural or semi-synthetic opioids, including oxycodone and hydrocodone, were involved in more fatal overdoses than any...
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