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The national opioid crisis is posing complex challenges for US hospice providers in terms of drug access, opioid diversion, and opioid disposal, according to a survey-based study published online ahead of print in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.  “Many hospices are experiencing…
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Whether individually or as part of a multidisciplinary team, pharmacist involvement in the management of patients with chronic pain is significant, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.  “Pharmacists contribute substantially…
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A California hospital improved rates for barcode medication administration scanning by 14% and pain reassessments an hour after opioid administration by 50% using tools such as 5-minute huddles, weekly performance dashboards, and plan-do-study-act cycles. Pharmacy team members from Sierra View…
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Potential discrepancies between clinical recommendations and actual opioid prescribing present opportunities for improving pain management and patient safety, advises a new analysis of 2017 prescribing for millions of US patients published online in JAMA Network Open.  “In our analysis, we linked…
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The number of naloxone orders dispensed increased 2328% in the Ohio Medicaid population after the state implemented a law allowing pharmacists to dispense the opioid overdose drug without a prescription, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open.  “The implementation of an Ohio law…
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By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Fatal overdoses involving cocaine and other stimulants like methamphetamine have been rising in the U.S. in recent years, and many deaths involve the use of these drugs along with at least one opioid. As of 2016, 27% of cocaine overdoses and 14% of stimulant…
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Short‐term and chronic opioid prescriptions are associated with an increased risk of hepatic encephalopathy (HE) among patients with well-compensated cirrhosis, according to findings of a new study. To reach this conclusion, the researchers identified 6451 patients aged 18 to 64 years with…
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Patients receiving opioid analgesics who had multiple prescribers or pharmacies were more likely to receive outpatient sublingual buprenorphine for addiction, according to a study published in PLOS One.  “This finding suggests that patients with multiple healthcare interactions are more likely to…
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By Trisha Roy and Saumya Joseph (Reuters) - Independent experts on an FDA advisory panel on Thursday were split over the approval of Durect Corp's non-opioid painkiller to manage post-surgical pain. The panel members questioned the drug's effectiveness and raised concerns over the nausea,…
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By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York company that was the first drug distributor to face U.S. felony charges for its role in fueling the opioid crisis said on Tuesday it will stop distributing controlled pharmaceuticals, which include opioids. Rochester Drug Co-Operative Inc (RDC)…
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