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By Julie Gould A recent study, published online in JAMA Network Open, examined how opioid prescriptions changed by state between 2006 and 2017 across the United States.   According to the study findings, over the 12 years, “prescription duration increased in all states, averaging approximately 18…
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I believe many of us are saddened and even outraged on how the opioid epidemic has spiraled out of control in the US. This epidemic has touched so many lives that many of us may personally know someone that has been either directly or indirectly been affected. From inappropriate health care…
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Intravenous (IV) acetaminophen has been touted as a viable alternative to opioids for managing post-op pain, but the popular analgesic might not be all that it’s cracked up to be—at least based on how it’s currently be used. That’s according to new research published in Anesthesiology and co-…
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The number of legal cases involving opioids has been rising as dramatically as the opioid crisis in this country. Over the last couple of years, pharmacies, pharmacists, hospitals, doctors, manufacturers, and distributors have been subject to lawsuits or legal action due to opioids. This month we…
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Case study: A patient who’s on high-dose statins to manage low-density lipoproteins (LDL) cholesterol levels complains of weakness and muscle pain. What’s the best way to manage the symptoms while maintaining the patient on statin therapy to prevent cardiovascular events from occurring? To learn…
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A 66-year-old healthy male patient who weighs 220 pounds and who was on less than 60 morphine milligram equivalents per day before undergoing knee replacement surgery is ready for discharge. How much oxycodone should he be sent home with to help manage his post-op pain? To learn about this case,…
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Jeffrey Bratberg, PharmD, a clinical professor in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island, co-developed an overdose education and naloxone training program for pharmacists. In 2015, he served as a member of the Rhode Island Governor’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task…
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Roneet Lev, MD, is director of operations at the Scripps Mercy Emergency Department in San Diego and also chairs the Emergency Medicine Oversight Commission (EMOC) with the San Diego County Medical Society, where she coordinates and improves the care provided in 19 hospital emergency departments.…
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