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HHS Announces Guide for Appropriate Tapering or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Use

  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a new Guide for Clinicians on the Appropriate Dosage Reduction or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Analgesics . Individual patients, as well as t...
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HHS Announces Guide for Appropriate Tapering or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Use

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published a new Guide for Clinicians on the Appropriate Dosage Reduction or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Analgesics - PDF . Individual patients, as well as t...
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Noninvasive Nonpharmacological Treatments for Chronic Pain: An Update

The Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) Program at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has posted the draft report for the systematic review on Noninvasive Nonpharmacological Treatments for Chronic Pai...
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AMA Responds to Walmart’s “Refusal to Fill” Policy

The American Medical Association (AMA) continues to express its concerns over Walmart's corporate prescription opioid restriction policy in its recent letter to Walmart's Chief Medical and Analytics Officer. The new policy limit opioid prescriptions to seven days or 50 morphine milligram equivalents (MME) has caused harm to patients with acute, palliative, cancer-related, chronic pain and other medical conditions requiring amounts or doses greater than the corporate policy. According to the AMA, "this policy has disrupted legitimate medical practices that receive form letters telling them their prescribing rights under state law will be superseded by a Walmart-created algorithm that deems a physician unfit to prescribe."

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CDC, States Update Number of Cases of Lung Injury Associated with E-cigarette Use, or Vaping

CDC Media Statement: CDC today announced the updated number of confirmed and probable cases of lung injury and deaths associated with e-cigarette product use, or vaping. Full story.  
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Opportunity for Input to CMS Action Plan on Pain Management and SUD ends October 11

CMS has issued a Request for Information (RFI) required by the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT Act) asking for public comment on way...
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NIH to Investigate Minor Cannabinoids and Terpenes for Potential Pain-Relieving Properties

Nine new research awards totaling approximately $3 million will investigate the potential pain-relieving properties and mechanisms of actions of the diverse phytochemicals in cannabis, including both minor cannabinoids a...
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NABP Launches New Consumer Website

NABP announces the launch of safe.pharmacy as an NABP-branded site featuring consumer-oriented information. Consumers will find information on how to use medication safely, find permanent drug disposal locations, prevent...
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Trump Administration Announces $1.8 Billion in Funding to States to Continue Combating Opioid Crisis

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced more than $1.8 billion in funding to states to continue the Trump administration's efforts to combat the opioid crisis by expanding access to treatment and supporting near real-time data on the drug overdose crisis.

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6 Key Steps that States Should Take Now to End the Opioid Epidemic

The AMA has released a national policy road map based on in-depth analysis of the response to the opioid epidemic by four states: Colorado, Mississippi, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. The report , " National Roadmap on...
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