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Pharma ready to share if it helps beat the opioid crisis

September 18, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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A public-private partnership will advance new choices for medication assisted treatment for those with opioid use disorders as well as non-addictive drugs for pain.

Oral surgeons opt for ibuprofen over opioids

August 30, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Professional association recommends ibuprofen as a first-line therapy and notes that simultaneous use of ibuprofen and acetaminophen can rival opioids for pain.

Kentucky law led to drop in opioid prescribing to injured workers

August 30, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute has documented a decline in opioid prescribing to injured workers in Kentucky following adoption of a state law establishing prescribing standards.

Hospitalized overdose patients sicker, costlier, more likely to die

August 29, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Research findings released this week point to growing critical care needs for opioid overdose victims, attributable in part to the transition to heroin.

Study examines opioid drug company payments to physicians

August 25, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A new study finds that one in five family physicians accepted some form of drug company payment related to opioid pharmaceuticals.

Cancer survivors more likely to use prescription opioids

August 11, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Results of a new study find that even for long-term cancer survivors, prescription opioid use is higher than for individuals who have not had a cancer diagnosis.

Missouri sets up PDMP at last, but with caveats

August 10, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Under Missouri's statewide prescription drug monitoring program, clinical professionals will not have access to patient-specific data to potentially prevent or treat addiction disorders.

Complex presentation a challenge for treating veterans

August 8, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A study conducted by Cigna healthcare finds practitioners believe treating veterans with opioid use disorder is more challenging than treating civilians, and many feel they could benefit from more staff with direct experience.

Workers' compensation data shows slowing of long-term opioid prescribing

August 4, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Newly released data suggest that in a number of states, fewer injured workers are receiving long-term prescriptions for opioids.

Three keys to lowering mortality rates in opioid disorder patients

July 21, 2017  |  Alison Knopf, Contributing Writer
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New research has found that providing psychosocial counseling and avoiding prescribed opioids or benzodiazepines are among the variables that can reduce mortality rates in opioid use disorders. Medication treatment did not affect death rates.

Report offers state-by-state breakdown of non-medical prescription drug use

July 14, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that the prevalence of non-medical use of prescription opioids in 2012-2014 was highest in Oklahoma and lowest in Minnesota.

Drug maker agrees to stop selling Opana ER because of misuse

July 7, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Endo Pharmaceuticals on Thursday agreed to remove its long-acting Opana ER pain drug from the market, following an FDA request that it stop selling the product because of incidents of misuse.

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