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Opioid recipients often use multiple prescribers

BMJ recently published an analysis of opioid prescribing among Medicare patients -"Opioid prescribering by multiple providers in Medicare: retrospective observational study of insurance claims". A couple of things jumped out: Just over two thirds of opioid recipients...

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NJ and PMP – Prescriptive Thinking

Governor Chris Christie signed a bill on July 20th, 2015 requiring drug prescribers and pharmacists in NJ to register for the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) and to check the PMP when prescribing controlled substances. “We’re not only...

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Pain Patients are not all Degenerates

Two important articles have come out just in the past few days. Journal of the American Medical Association The first is a JAMA published article about opioid overdose. If I allow myself to do a substantial study the disservice of ultra-condensing its learnings, it...

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Complicated Value Creation

Today I want to talk more about business, than about prescription drug abuse. In selling PastRx, we run into an issue. Prescribers understand how our system will protect their patients, and lead to better outcomes. They understand how it will protect them from the DEA...

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The Origins of Prescription Advisory

Just over two years ago, I met with my old friend Dr. Frederic “Skip” Leeds. We were just catching up on what was happening in our lives, and with our families. Skip mentioned that he was working on something pretty interesting.  In response to a growing problem with...

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You’re not only reducing the supply [of pain medications] for those who use them inappropriately, but also for those in need.

Bob Tillman – Director of Policy and AdvocacyAmerican Academy of Pain Management

Effective monitoring systems [PDMPs] will augment clinical judgment, provide evidence of misuse, and facilitate prescription of the most appropriate analgesic for the situation…The Emergency Department is regarded as the nation’s safety net…the last bastion of around-the-clock access to care … Unfortunately, some of the solutions to opioid misuse [limiting ED physicians to 3-day opioid prescriptions] preempts judgments from trained emergency medical providers.

American College of Physicians, Annals of Internal Medicine, 9 April 2013
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