opiod abuse

FDA to drug maker: Pull opioid pain drugPotential public health consquences prompts FDA to request removal of opioid pain medication.
Prescribing practices that increase risk of opioid overdoseTwo studies, one from Prime Therapeutics and Stanford, reveal an alarming increase in overdose with concurrent use of opioids and benzodiazepines. Here’s how managed care can help.
Premium Content Preview | The Evolving EPCS Landscape: A Prescription for Stopping Opioid AbuseThis new industry briefing from DrFirst highlights trends and advances with electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS), and reveals that retail pharmacies have adopted EPCS technology at a swift pace, while providers lag far behind. While the majority of U.S. pharmacies are EPCS enabled, only about six percent of prescribers nationwide have this ability—despite the fact that roughly 90 percent of EHRs are EPCS-enabled. It also shows how prescribers in New York are scrambling to comply with the state’s new EPCS mandate.