pain medications

Opioid crisis legal ramifications: How to protect your healthcare organizationOverprescribing by just one practitioner can lead to an untoward outcome that may readily affect the entire healthcare facility.
Express Scripts’ 2016 Drug Trend Report: 7 things to knowReport highlights spending trends in key areas, including specialty medications, oncology, diabetes, and inflammatory conditions.
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.
FDA requires warning on opioidsA month after FDA announced several measures aimed at curbing opioid abuse, the agency said it would require a new boxed warning addressing the serious risk of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose and death on immediate-release (IR) opioid pain medications.
[BLOG]: Pain management: Can we balance patient access, safety and economic value?Pain management is a problem for patients, practitioners, pharmacists, and others. Many patients are not getting the care and relief they deserve, even when they suffer from acute or chronic pain. In this blog post, Srinivas Nalamachu, MD asks if its possible to balance patient access to pain medication with safety and economic value.
Patient-controlled pain drug device approved by FDAPatients who are recovering from surgery in the hospital now have the opportunity to control their analgesic dosing. Ionsys (fentanyl iontophoretic transdermal system) from The Medicines Company has just been approved by FDA for this use.
Most medications found better than Tylenol for knee painMost treatments for pain caused by knee osteoarthritis helped alleviate pain better than acetaminophen (Tylenol) – with one exception, according to a study published in the January 6 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine
Caring for patients with chronic pelvic pain
Caring for patients with chronic pelvic painThe right combination of medication, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes may help patients with this sometimes stubborn condition.
Report: Cost drives formulary decisions on pain medsCost is the primary non-efficacy factor that drives decisions on which pain medications to include in formularies, according to a survey that included hospital pharmacy directors.
When government calls the shots: Pharmacists and pain managementAn overly aggressive government is making a tough job tougher, but the pharmacist's first ethical concern must be for the patient.