Medscape’s Robert Lowes recently published an article detailing opioids’ prominent role in medication malpractice claims. Much of the press around the opioid crisis covers the deaths, hospitalizations, and substance use disorder problems. All of these can lead to malpractice claims. Since almost 10% of the US population has a current problem, this is another good reason to check your patients systematically.

Have you had a malpractice suit involving opioids? We’re always looking at ways to identify risks. I’d love to hear how you manage this risk in your practice.

Attention to patterns of prescription requests and the prescribing of opioids as part of an ongoing relationship between a patient and a healthcare provider can decrease the risk of diversion. Periodic review of state PDMP, where available, is also a useful tool to monitor compliance. Evaluation should initially include…a drug history… Documentation is essential.

February 2013 American Academy of Pain Medicine

David is Prescription Advisory’s Chief Marketing Officer. Software startups are his passion.

He also serves as the Director of Startup Grind Princeton and a mentor for the Princeton University eLab.

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