PastRx Benefits for Clinicians

PastRx makes it practical to check every patient for controlled substance prescription risks. PastRx benefits include automating the chore of report retrieval, enhancing the data retrieved, and saving both you and your staff time. PastRx performs multiple checks to make you aware of patient risks.

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PastRx Benefits – Improved PDMP Compliance

PastRx benefits include:

  • Valuable medical information at a glance
  • Ability to drill down for more detail
  • Automatic checks for many patient risks
  • Reduction in clerical work
  • Records of compliance

PastRx benefits provide consistent, thorough check letting clinicians know patient history and identify potential abusers early. PastRx provides evidence for clinicians to treat with confidence. Earlier identification of risks can help you get patients the care they need sooner.

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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

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
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