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Data on concurrent use of heroin, benzodiazepines alarm researchers

August 2, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A Quest Diagnostics trends report has found that among patients who used heroin, nearly one in three also were using benzodiazepines, in a highly dangerous combination.

Testing company launches trial in screening for genetic variables in drug response

July 22, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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InSource Diagnostics is recruiting patients for a study employing urine testing to help determine which patients have a genetic mutation affecting response to drugs such as opioids.

Research finds gap in Maine pharmacists' use of PDMP

July 5, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A Husson University study of 2014 trends found that only 56% of a group of pharmacists reported accessing the state's prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) database.

Lakeview Health adds pain specialist to medical team

June 29, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Adrian Blotner, MD, board-certified in psychiatry and pain medicine, will serve as campus psychiatrist for Lakeview Health's gender-separate programs.

Report: States missing the mark on protecting public from opioid overdose

June 28, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The National Safety Council states in a new report that only four states meet five of six indicators of progress in combating the opioid overdose crisis, with no states meeting all six criteria.

AMA: Delink patient pain surveys and facility payments

June 21, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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During its annual meeting in Chicago, the American Medical Association formally adopted a policy calling for an end to linking pain management surveys with payment for healthcare facilities, an oft-criticized procedure.

Rx Summit: Leaders advocate for solutions

March 30, 2016  |  Alison Knopf
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Leaders from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute on Drug Abuse presented up-to-date information on opioid misuse in the context of today’s healthcare system.

Little referral to treatment from pain physicians, survey finds

March 28, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A National Safety Council survey finds that while many doctors prescribing opioids observe evidence of abuse in some patients, comparatively few refer those individuals to treatment.

CDC finalizes guideline aimed at limiting opioids for chronic pain

March 16, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week formally released its voluntary guideline concerning most prescribing of opioids for chronic pain. Some physician groups remain concerned about the document's potential effects.

Use of practice guidelines in pain treatment reduces death risk

February 25, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Yale University researchers have found that opioid prescribers' use of practice guidelines that recommend interdisciplinary care reduces mortality risk in the year after treatment initiation.

A voluntary guideline on opioid prescribing for chronic pain spurs intense interest

January 18, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been inundated with comments on an entirely voluntary guideline designed to minimize risk associated with prescribing of opioids for chronic pain.

Dallas-area center initiates improvements to consolidate medical services

January 8, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Leaders of Enterhealth say the medical service enhancements at its campus will improve the capacity to introduce new approaches as evidence of their effectiveness emerges.

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