3 points to consider when prescribing narcotics
3 points to consider when prescribing narcoticsPrescribing narcotics and opioids has come under scrutiny of late as the opioid epidemic continues to grow. Optometry Times Chief Optometric Editor Benjamin P. Casella, OD, FAAO, gives his three key points to consider before handing over that prescription to your patient.
3 things I learned about narcoticsBenjamin P. Casella, OD, FAAO, and chief optometric editor of Optometry Times, discusses three things on narcotic prescribing and drug diversion.
Pain control: Let’s rethink our prescribing habitsDr. Henry Rosevear apologizes to those he may have hurt with his prescription habits for pain control and discusses the steps he is taking to help remedy the narcotics epidemic.
PCORI awards prison system $2M to study naltrexone benefit in opioid abuseThe Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) recently awarded more than $2 million to the University of Pennsylvania for research on opioid addiction treatment and relapsing in the Philadelphia Prison System. The study assesses the effectiveness of naltrexone to prevent relapse.
Louisiana bill seeks closed formularyA Louisiana senator is calling for a closed drug formulary for the state’s Worker’s Compensation program, to help combat the overutilization of opioids and compounded drugs.
Death due to opioid overdose rising in United StatesDrug overdose deaths in the United States increased for the 11th consecutive year in 2010, according to an analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and. continued to rise in 2011, the most recent year for which data were available.