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September 01, 2015
August 31, 2015
Managing patients with pain requires a lot of education of both patients and providers. Patients need to understand the type of pain they have, how...
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September 01, 2015
August 31, 2015
Some prescribers feel it is their duty to provide medications to patients for pain control, but it’s the pharmacist’s responsibility to screen the...
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August 31, 2015
August 31, 2015
When clinicians are educated on how to safely prescribe opioids, it can reduce opioid misuse among chronic pain sufferers, researchers write in the...
When clinicians are educated on how to safely prescribe opioids, it can reduce opioid misuse among chronic pain sufferers, researchers write in the journal <i>Pain Medicine</i>. Boston University School of Medicine launched its Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE of Pain) program in 2013.
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September 01, 2015
August 28, 2015
Managing patients with pain can be complex, as patients may have different types of acute or chronic pain and other psychosocial issues. This is an...
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September 01, 2015
August 28, 2015
According to a new study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, based on 2012 data, more than 125 million Americans experienced some pain...
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August 18, 2015
August 18, 2015
Researchers attempted to quantify the effect that Florida's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) had on overall and high-risk opioid...
Researchers attempted to quantify the effect that Florida's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) had on overall and high-risk opioid prescribing and use. Main outcomes included total opioid volume, mean morphine milligram equivalent (MME) per transaction, mean days' supply per transaction, and total number of opioid prescriptions dispensed.
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August 11, 2015
August 11, 2015
A Yale School of Medicine study of veterans shows that long-term prescription opioid use may increase patients' risk of death. About 64,000 veterans...
A Yale School of Medicine study of veterans shows that long-term prescription opioid use may increase patients' risk of death. About 64,000 veterans who took opioids or benzodiazepines long-term were observed for 90 days or more. The risk of death, of any cause, was higher for those who took the medication than those who did not.
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July 27, 2015
In May, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled that people with drug addictions can sue pharmacists, physicians, and other dispensers and...
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May 22, 2015
May 22, 2015
Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) members have endorsed three new performance measures that assess the use of opioids from multiple providers or at...
Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) members have endorsed three new performance measures that assess the use of opioids from multiple providers or at high doses in patients without cancer. Individuals who receive high doses of opioids or opioids from multiple prescribers or multiple pharmacies may be more likely to die of overdoses.
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