Opioids

Opioid-Related Payments Linked to Increase in Opioid Rx

Opioid-Related Payments Linked to Increase in Opioid Rx

Findings suggest that opioid manufacturers should stop marketing to physicians in an effort to reduce opioid prescription rates.

Walmart Plans on Restricting Supply on Acute Opioid Prescription Fills

Walmart Plans on Restricting Supply on Acute Opioid Prescription Fills

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For states that currently limit new acute opioid prescription fills to <7 days, Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies will follow that state law.

First Opioid Lawsuit Targeting Pharmacy Benefit Managers

First Opioid Lawsuit Targeting Pharmacy Benefit Managers

A south Texas county included the 3 largest pharmacy benefit managers in a nationwide lawsuit focused on the opioid epidemic

Pharmacists Have Responsibility to Check Legitimacy of Opioid Rx

Pharmacists Have Responsibility to Check Legitimacy of Opioid Rx

Pharmacists should be aware that they are expected to take steps to make sure opioid prescriptions are written for legitimate medical purposes, and should document these efforts.

FDA: Social Media Companies Aren't Doing Enough to Stop Illegal Opioid Sales

FDA: Social Media Companies Aren't Doing Enough to Stop Illegal Opioid Sales

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A recent report from the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations detailed how subcommittee members found it 'easy' to find fentanyl, pay for it and have it shipped to anywhere in the U.S.

Surgeon General Issues Advisory on Importance of Naloxone

Surgeon General Issues Advisory on Importance of Naloxone

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In a statement, Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, said, "It is time to make sure more people have access to this lifesaving medication, because 77 percent of opioid overdose deaths occur outside of a medical setting and more than half occur at home."

Increasing Number of Benzodiazepine Prescriptions a Growing Threat in US

Increasing Number of Benzodiazepine Prescriptions a Growing Threat in US

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Much like opioids, benzodiazepines can be highly addictive over a short period of time and can result in the use of analogue drugs.

FDA: Kratom Analysis Identifies Structural Similarities to Opioid Analgesics

FDA: Kratom Analysis Identifies Structural Similarities to Opioid Analgesics

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To date, 44 deaths have been associated with the use of kratom.

Prescription Opioid Use Linked to Increased Satisfaction for Some Patients

Prescription Opioid Use Linked to Increased Satisfaction for Some Patients

Researchers sought to assess whether prescription opioid use is associated with satisfaction with care.

More Opioid Prescriptions Seen in Those With Lower Socioeconomic Indicators

More Opioid Prescriptions Seen in Those With Lower Socioeconomic Indicators

County-level socioeconomic factors are associated with opioid prescriptions among disabled Medicare beneficiaries.

Slow-Release Oral Morphine May Be Valuable for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders

Slow-Release Oral Morphine May Be Valuable for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders

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Data suggest that slow-release oral morphine may be a promising candidate for oral opioid agonist therapy.

Urine Drug Testing Policy Can Help Clinicians Make Decisions About Opioid Treatment

Urine Drug Testing Policy Can Help Clinicians Make Decisions About Opioid Treatment

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Clinicians should use immunoassay screens and urine drug tests to determine compliance with chronic opioid therapy.

Behavior of Opioid Prescribing: Admitting What We Don't Know

Behavior of Opioid Prescribing: Admitting What We Don't Know

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Opioid prescriptions should be tailored based on risk factors that correlate with future addiction rates and the pertinent outcome markers, but this information is still lacking.

FDA: Once-Monthly Injection Approved for Opioid Use Disorder

FDA: Once-Monthly Injection Approved for Opioid Use Disorder

Buprenorphine has been shown to reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms and the desire to use opioids.

State-Level Declarations of Opioid Emergency Raise Public Awareness of Addiction

State-Level Declarations of Opioid Emergency Raise Public Awareness of Addiction

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With opioid-related mortality rates on the rise, most states have enacted specific policies aimed at reducing prescriptions for these medications.

FDA Permits Marketing of Device to Reduce Symptoms of Opioid Withdrawal

FDA Permits Marketing of Device to Reduce Symptoms of Opioid Withdrawal

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The FDA has approved a device designed to provide relief from opioid withdrawal symptoms when placed behind the ear.

Addiction Policy Expert From Obama Administration Addresses the Opioid Epidemic

Addiction Policy Expert From Obama Administration Addresses the Opioid Epidemic

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Keith Humphreys, PhD, who served as senior policy advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Obama Administration, shared his views on the opioid epidemic.

Do Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Influence Opioid Prescribing?

Do Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Influence Opioid Prescribing?

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Although registration in prescription drug monitoring programs was shown to lead to statewide declines in high-risk opioid prescriptions, these declines were similar to those observed in non-PDMP registrants.

Fentanyl Detected in Over Half of Drug Overdose Deaths in 2016

Fentanyl Detected in Over Half of Drug Overdose Deaths in 2016

Carfentanil, furanylfentanyl, and acetylfentanyl were the fentanyl analogs identified most frequently, and fentanyl analogs were present in more than 10% of opioid overdose deaths in 4 states.

Effects of Medicare Opioid Formulary Coverage Restrictions for 2006 to 2015

Effects of Medicare Opioid Formulary Coverage Restrictions for 2006 to 2015

Medicare Part D formularies increasingly used quantity limits and prior authorization to restrict daily allowable prescribed dosing of opioids.

ACA Repeal: The Effect on America's Opioid Epidemic

ACA Repeal: The Effect on America's Opioid Epidemic

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About one-third of those who fail to seek treatment for substance abuse do so because of cost or lack of insurance coverage.

Decline Observed for Prescription Opioid-Related Hospital Discharges

Decline Observed for Prescription Opioid-Related Hospital Discharges

Prescription opioid-related inpatient and emergency department discharges have decreased since 2010, while heroin-related discharges have increased sharply since 2008.

FDA: Manufacturers of Immediate-Release Opioids Must Provide Clinician Prescribing Training

FDA: Manufacturers of Immediate-Release Opioids Must Provide Clinician Prescribing Training

In an effort to halt the ongoing opioid addiction crisis, US regulators are requiring manufacturers to provide extensive training to doctors.

Self-Stigma Higher in Patients With Prior History of Detoxification Care

Self-Stigma Higher in Patients With Prior History of Detoxification Care

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Self-stigma and perceived stigma were shown to be highest among people with opioid use disorders who have have recently injected drugs or who have previously entered detoxification programs.

Communication Campaign Launched by CDC to Address Opioid Epidemic

Communication Campaign Launched by CDC to Address Opioid Epidemic

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is launching a communication campaign featuring accounts of people recovering from opioid use disorder, and those who have lost someone to opioid overdose, in an effort to fight the prescription overdose epidemic.

Are Abuse-Deterrent Opioids the Answer to the Opioid Crisis?

Are Abuse-Deterrent Opioids the Answer to the Opioid Crisis?

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The most effective solution to the opioid crisis may not be abuse-deterrent opioid formulations, according to an editorial published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Virtual Reality: Is This a More Palatable Treatment for Chronic Pain?

Virtual Reality: Is This a More Palatable Treatment for Chronic Pain?

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Virtual reality is on the verge of revolutionizing pain management, and may offer a new way to combat the opioid crisis.

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.

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