Prescription Advisory

Prescription Advisory

Prescription Drug Epidemic

Overdose of prescription medicine is the #1 cause of accidental death in the US. Prescription drug overdose kills more people than automobile accidents or gun deaths.

The Center for Disease Control describes this as an epidemic and the LA Times reports “an estimated 52 million Americans use prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons as least once in their lifetimes” – that’s more than 1 in 7 in the US!

The American Academy of Pain Medicine says 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain.  It’s everywhere.

Prescription Advisory

Prescription Advisory was founded by a physician who developed protocols to deal with this epidemic and a software CEO. We created software so any practitioner could easily use these protocols to help their patients and better manage this epidemic.

We believe physicians, patients, prescribers, and dispensers all benefit from a clearer, more convenient picture of what’s going on. We make it automatic to check for a variety of risks and bring these to your attention before you sit down with your patient.

A study was conducted to estimate the societal costs of prescription opioid abuse, dependence, and misuse in the United States. Costs were grouped into three categories: health care, workplace, and criminal justice.

The results: Total US societal costs of prescription opioid abuse were estimated at $55.7 billion in 2007 (USD in 2009). Workplace costs accounted for $25.6 billion, health care costs accounted for $25.0 billion, and criminal justice costs accounted for $5.1 billion. Workplace costs were driven by lost earnings from premature death ($11.2 billion) and reduced compensation/lost employment ($7.9 billion).

Conclusions: The costs of prescription opioid abuse represent a substantial and growing economic burden for the society. The increasing prevalence of abuse suggests an even greater societal burden in the future.

Pain Medicine, Volume 12, Issue 4, April 2011

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What prescribers can do to safely and effectively use opioids for CNCP (includes the following)

  • Screen for prior or current substance abuse/misuse
  • Do not use concomitant sedative–hypnotics or benzodiazepines
  • Track daily MED using an online dosing calculator
  • Use the state Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to monitor all sources of controlled substances

Neurology, 2014; 83; 1277-1284, September 2014
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