In the Journals

Postoperative opioids unnecessary for some common pediatric surgeries

September 13, 2019
Postoperative opioid prescriptions for children are often unnecessary for some common surgeries, and safe opioid stewardship necessitates elimination…

OrthoCarolina emphasizes patient education for reducing opioid prescriptions

September 13, 2019
About 4 to 5 years ago, surgeons at OrthoCarolina recognized that patients were misusing opioid medications prescribed after a procedure. As a way to…
Feature

Purdue Pharma tentatively settles opioid lawsuits, others still pending

September 12, 2019
Oxycontin manufacturer Purdue Pharma recently reached a tentative agreement with many of the thousands of plaintiffs involved in a multidistrict…
In the Journals

Postoperative opioid prescription fill rate 7 times higher in US, Canada vs. Sweden

September 12, 2019
The rate of postoperative opioid prescriptions filled was seven times higher in the United States and Canada than in Sweden, according to a study…
Breaking News

‘Progress being made’ in opioid epidemic, CDC says

September 12, 2019
A CDC spokesperson said provisional data and other reports signify that “progress is being made” in the opioid epidemic. The turnaround…
In the Journals

Comprehensive prescription drug monitoring program mandates reduce opioid prescribing in hospitals

September 10, 2019
State mandates that require both prescribers and dispensers to enter and use prescription drug monitoring programs led to greater reductions in…
Meeting News

Standardized education program reduced opioid intake after hand surgery

September 6, 2019
LAS VEGAS — Implementation of a standardized education program significantly reduced opioid intake after hand surgery, decreased refill rates…
Feature

Experts discuss future opioid lawsuit strategies, lawsuits’ impact on manufacturers

September 4, 2019
Last month, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay more than $572 million in damages for its role in the opioid epidemic in Oklahoma. Purdue Pharma…
In the Journals

Access barriers, medication acceptability hinder long-term buprenorphine use

September 3, 2019
Only about 10% of participants with opioid use disorder used buprenorphine treatment over a 2-year follow-up period mainly due to issues with access…
In the Journals

PCP appointment timing may affect opioid prescribing

August 30, 2019
Primary care physicians increased their opioid prescribing when appointments were later in the day or if they were running behind schedule, according…