Prescription Drugs

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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