More States Mandate Prescription Drug Monitoring ProgramsA look at PDMPs in PA—what they are doing and how they are helping patients.
Pa. pharmacists authorized to give flu shots to childrenPennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf recently signed legislation that allows children as young as nine to receive flu vaccinations at local pharmacies.
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.
Top 10 states for pharmacy robberiesArizona led the nation with 77 pharmacy robberies in 2013, according to statistics from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Overall, pharmacy robberies nationwide dipped slightly from 745 in 2012 to 713 last year.
Pennsylvania expands Medicaid under Affordable Care ActMedicaid will now be available to more low-income residents in Pennsylvania following the state’s agreement with CMS to expand coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Pennsylvania issues guidelines for ER painkiller scriptsThe Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) recently issued guidelines for hospital emergency rooms throughout the state to follow when prescribing opioid painkillers.
Keystone State moving closer to an Rx databasePennsylvania, which has one of the highest rates of overdoses in the country, is moving closer to an Rx database that would list all prescriptions of potentially habit-forming medications.
Prescriptions 300% higher at some doctors’ officesFilling a prescription at a doctor’s office may be convenient, but it’s certainly no bargain for patients or taxpayers, according to an analysis of workers’ compensation payouts in Maryland and Pennsylvania.
This travel therapist recounts urban adventureAn assignment in the urban jungle provides a myriad of new experiences for a Southern Californian traveler.