opioids

How You Can Help Prevent Opioid AbusePharmacists are on the front lines of helping to curb abuse and misuse in the opioid epidemic. But how can you make this happen in the real world?
Drug distributor pays record fineMcKesson Corp., one of the largest distributors of pharmaceuticals, agreed to pay a record civil penalty for alleged violations of the Controlled Substances Act.
Long-acting opioid painkiller wins approvalFDA recently approved a long-acting opioid designed to deter abuse.
Are states going too far with painkiller script limits?Arizona has become the latest state to limit opioid prescriptions—a trend that has some healthcare providers and experts concerned.
Insurer: No more prior auths for opioid addiction medsAs part of efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, Cigna removes prior authorization from medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder.
9 opioid epidemic facts you need to knowThe opioid epidemic continues to make front page news with more overdoses happening every day and new synthetic opioids promising more than earlier opioid formulations. Here are 9 facts about the epidemic that you need to know.
PDMPS: An effective but underutilized resource for prescribersMCOs are going to have to step up their efforts to impact the growing opioid epidemic in this country.
Four developments helping address the opioid epidemicAs the opioid epidemic continues across the U.S., new treatment programs and guidelines could help reverse the trend.
Top risk factors for opioid use disorder, overdoseIn 2014, nearly 2 million Americans met the diagnostic criteria for a past-year prescription opioid use disorder, and at least 14,000 people died from a prescription opioid overdose. Read about the top drivers and risk factors.
The opioid oxymoronOpioids are known for their powerful pharmacokinetics for pain relief, but are now well recognized for their overuse and abuse through prescriptions provided by healthcare providers. This has created a medical oxymoron: well-meaning pain management as a valued, caring practice for successful recovery from both medical problems and surgical procedures, juxtaposed by the alarming growth of opioids' prescriptive footprint.