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.

Use of a state PDMP may help identify patients who are at high risk for diversion or doctor shopping… To quantify the effects of PDMPs, studies were conducted of ED providers who cared for adult patients with pain. Of the patients with complete data in one study, information from the state’s PDMP System altered prescribing practice in 41%.

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