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.

Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) are now active in most states to assist clinicians in identifying potential controlled drug misuse, diversion, or excessive prescribing. Little is still known about the ways in which they are incorporated into workflow and clinical decision making, what barriers continue to exist, and how clinicians are sharing PDMP results with their patients.

Design Qualitative data were collected through online focus groups and telephone interviews.

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Pain Medicine, Volume 15, Issue 7, July 2014 
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