Prescription Drug

Walgreens Now Offers Next-Day Rx Delivery Service With FedEx

Walgreens Now Offers Next-Day Rx Delivery Service With FedEx

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Currently, same-day delivery is available only in Dallas, Chicago, New York City, Gainesville, Miami, Tampa, and Fort Lauderdale; this program will be expanded in 2019.

Doctors Generally Confident With Deprescribing for Elderly

Doctors Generally Confident With Deprescribing for Elderly

Researchers administered a survey to 160 physicians attending an educational session related to deprescribing.

Effect of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs on Fatal, Nonfatal Drug Overdoses

Effect of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs on Fatal, Nonfatal Drug Overdoses

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Evidence allowing us to assess the benefits of and risks associated with prescription drug monitoring programs is insufficient.

Education, Depression, Pain Associated With Opioid Misuse

Education, Depression, Pain Associated With Opioid Misuse

In adults age 50 or older, higher education, illicit drug use, depression, and pain interference with normal work are significantly associated with opioid misuse.

Provider Self-Perception of Opioid Prescribing Often Inaccurate, Says Study

Provider Self-Perception of Opioid Prescribing Often Inaccurate, Says Study

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Results showed that 65% of those in the intervention group underestimated their opioid prescribing.

Drug Copayments Often Exceed Prescription Drug Costs

Drug Copayments Often Exceed Prescription Drug Costs

Researchers examined the frequency of overpayments by comparing copayments with the national average reimbursements received by pharmacies for the same prescription for commercially insured patients.

Pharmacist Feedback, Education Reduce Prescription Errors by Junior Doctors

Pharmacist Feedback, Education Reduce Prescription Errors by Junior Doctors

Pharmacist feedback and education is effective at reducing prescription writing errors by junior doctors in an inpatient setting.

Electronic Medical Record "Nudge" May Shape Opioid Prescribing Behavior in the ED

Electronic Medical Record "Nudge" May Shape Opioid Prescribing Behavior in the ED

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Implementation of electronic medical record default opioid prescriptions of 10 tablets of 5 mg oxycodone/325 mg acetaminophen at discharge from the ED may be associated with an increased percentage of prescriptions for 10 tablets, compared with no default.

Hospital Discharge Summaries Often Have Incorrect Prescription Information

Hospital Discharge Summaries Often Have Incorrect Prescription Information

For older patients discharged from a regional hospital, there are frequently discrepancies between the electronic discharge summaries and the National Inpatient Medication Chart or discharge prescription.

Opioid Prescribing Suboptimal in Setting of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery

Opioid Prescribing Suboptimal in Setting of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery

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Implementation of an enhanced recovery after surgery protocol resulted in an increase in opioid-free anesthesia and multimodal analgesia, but did not modify opioid prescribing practices.

Higher Drug Cost Causes Stronger Nocebo Effect

Higher Drug Cost Causes Stronger Nocebo Effect

Nocebo hyperalgesia was stronger when the treatment was labeled as an expensive medication versus a cheap medication.

Illegal Online Drug Sale Crackdown by FDA, Interpol

Illegal Online Drug Sale Crackdown by FDA, Interpol

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The Food and Drug Administration, in partnership with Interpol, has cracked down on over 500 websites that illegally sell potentially dangerous, unapproved medications to US consumers.

CVS to Limit Opioids Dispensed to Opioid-Naive Patients to a 7-day Supply

CVS to Limit Opioids Dispensed to Opioid-Naive Patients to a 7-day Supply

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At the pharmacy level, a greater emphasis will be placed on counseling to help patients understand the risks associated with opioid use based on the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

Prescribing Habits: Are They Reflective of Swindling by Big Pharma?

Prescribing Habits: Are They Reflective of Swindling by Big Pharma?

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One physician shares his insights on the culture of overprescribing medications and how prescribing habits are reflective of swindling by the pharmaceutical industry

Long-Term Opioid Rx Use Skyrocketed Between 1999 and 2014

Long-Term Opioid Rx Use Skyrocketed Between 1999 and 2014

Long-term opioid prescription use increased threefold during a 16-year period between 1999 and 2014.

Physicians Finding Workaround Solutions for Rising Cost of Medications

Physicians Finding Workaround Solutions for Rising Cost of Medications

Some physicians are creating new ways to work around the rising costs of prescription medications.

Opioid Tapering: Importance of Following Professional Guidelines

Opioid Tapering: Importance of Following Professional Guidelines

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At PAINWeek, Dr Hah focused on the risks of long-term opioid use for chronic noncancer pain and reviewed guidelines regarding the tapering of these medications.

Generic Drugs Price Changes Raise Market Competition Levels

Generic Drugs Price Changes Raise Market Competition Levels

Market competition levels are associated with changes in the price of generic drugs.

Comprehensive Initiative Positively Impacts Opioid Prescribing

Comprehensive Initiative Positively Impacts Opioid Prescribing

After a comprehensive initiative to curb opioid prescribing, researchers identified reductions in all tracked outcomes, including a 30% decrease in prescribing opioids at high doses.

High Rate of Errors in Handwritten Opioid Prescriptions

High Rate of Errors in Handwritten Opioid Prescriptions

Errors are common in opioid medication prescriptions, and most often happen in handwritten prescriptions.

Former Pharma Reps Recruited by Health Insurers to Cut Costs

Former Pharma Reps Recruited by Health Insurers to Cut Costs

Health insurers are recruiting former pharmaceutical company representatives to educate doctors and help save money on prescription medications.

Patient Understanding of Prescription Drug Pictograms

Patient Understanding of Prescription Drug Pictograms

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Many patients cannot identify the intended meaning of United States Pharmacopeia pictograms.

Recent Decline in Prescription Opioid Use Among U.S. Teens

Recent Decline in Prescription Opioid Use Among U.S. Teens

For adolescents, medical and nonmedical use of prescription opioids has declined in recent years.

Impact of Higher Physician Spending

Impact of Higher Physician Spending

Medicare patients treated by higher-spending physicians are just as likely to be re-admitted or die within 30 days of being admitted as those treated by low-precribing physicians.

The Consequences of Limiting Physician Capacity to Rx Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorder

The Consequences of Limiting Physician Capacity to Rx Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorder

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The researchers found that novice prescribers cited insufficient access to substance abuse counseling for patients, as well as insufficient access to more experienced prescribers, as reasons for not treating more patients.

Preventing Opioid Dependency With Low Initial Dose, No Refills

Preventing Opioid Dependency With Low Initial Dose, No Refills

The risk of long-term opioid use can be reduced by prescribing a short-acting painkiller with no refills.

Off-Label Prescriptions Associated With Increased Adverse Events

Off-Label Prescriptions Associated With Increased Adverse Events

The more drugs taken, the higher the risk of adverse events.

Synchronized Prescription Renewal Process Saves Physicians Time, Money

Synchronized Prescription Renewal Process Saves Physicians Time, Money

Renewing all patient's stable medications for 12 to 15 months can save time and money.

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