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Time Pressure Can Have Serious Consequences for Physicians and Patients

Time Pressure Can Have Serious Consequences for Physicians and Patients

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A physician faced the consequences after not spending enough time adequately assessing his patient.

Clinicians May be Overprescribing Gabapentinoids for Pain

Clinicians May be Overprescribing Gabapentinoids for Pain

Clinicians may be overprescribing gabapentiboids in part as a response to the opioid epidemic.

Physicians Are Still Prescribing Too Many Opioids in the US

Physicians Are Still Prescribing Too Many Opioids in the US

More than 1 out of 3 average Americans used a prescription opioid in 2015, despite growing concerns these medications are promoting addiction and overdose deaths.

Comprehensive Initiative Has Positive Impact on Opioid Prescribing

Comprehensive Initiative Has Positive Impact on Opioid Prescribing

A comprehensive initiative, including creation of prescribing and dispensing policies, can have a positive impact on opioid prescribing.

Hospitalists Must Lead Change in Opioid Treatment

Hospitalists Must Lead Change in Opioid Treatment

Hospitalists must use opioids judiciously, including adhering to specific dose limits, setting expectations, and initiating evidence-based treatment.

Organizational Changes Recommended for Safer Prescribing

Organizational Changes Recommended for Safer Prescribing

Doctors describe swimming against tide of patient expectations, Rx culture, and organizational constraints.

Errors Occur in 89% of Handwritten Opioid Prescriptions

Errors Occur in 89% of Handwritten Opioid Prescriptions

Researchers found that errors occur in 89% of handwritten prescriptions and 0% of EHR-computer generated prescriptions.

Referencing Prior Patient Drug History Reduces Opioid Abuse Rates

Referencing Prior Patient Drug History Reduces Opioid Abuse Rates

Opioid abuse went down when physicians are legally obligated to check a patient's drug history.

Writing Informal Prescriptions May Pose Major Risks

Writing Informal Prescriptions May Pose Major Risks

When clinicians write informal prescriptions, their supervising physicians may also suffer the consequences.

Prescribing Behavior Predicts Insomnia Treatment Choices

Prescribing Behavior Predicts Insomnia Treatment Choices

Historical preference is highly predictive of future prescribing behavior.

Significant Number of Antibiotic Prescriptions Deemed Inappropriate

Significant Number of Antibiotic Prescriptions Deemed Inappropriate

These research findings support the need to establish a goal of increased antibiotic stewardship among physicians.

Mylan to Release Generic Version of EpiPen® In Continued Effort to Lower Costs

Mylan to Release Generic Version of EpiPen® In Continued Effort to Lower Costs

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According to Mylan, the first generic version of EpiPen® will be distributed in several weeks in an attempt to further lower the costs of attaining this life-saving medication.

Mylan Takes Action To Lower Cost of EpiPens

Mylan Takes Action To Lower Cost of EpiPens

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The pharmaceutical company has outlined steps to lower the financial burden of acquiring their products after price hike.

First Generic Version of Tamiflu Now Approved by the FDA

First Generic Version of Tamiflu Now Approved by the FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first generic version of Tamiflu®.

Heart Attacks Could Be Reduced by Rethinking The Way We Prescribe Statins

Heart Attacks Could Be Reduced by Rethinking The Way We Prescribe Statins

Millions of people today take statins to help lower their cholesterol level. Currently statins are prescribed to patients based on their future risk of cardiovascular disease - mainly driven by age - which excludes many individuals who may benefit from them.

CVS Expands Access to Nonprescription Overdose Reversal Drug to 12 More States

CVS Expands Access to Nonprescription Overdose Reversal Drug to 12 More States

It is no secret that the number of painkiller overdoses in the United States has reached epidemic proportions. Since 1999, the amount of prescription painkillers sold in the United States has almost quadrupled, but there has been no overall change in the amount of pain that Americans report.

With Generic Drugs, Eye Patients Are More Likely to Take Medicine as Directed

With Generic Drugs, Eye Patients Are More Likely to Take Medicine as Directed

When patients with glaucoma switched from a brand-name drug to its generic counterpart, they were more likely to take their medication as directed compared to those who remained on the brand name drug, according to a study published online in Ophthalmology.

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