Physical Therapy Access May Reduce Opioid Prescriptions

Now, a new School of Public Health study finds that patients who first saw a primary care physician (PCP) for low back pain were 79 percent more likely to use prescription opioids than patients who first went to a chirop...
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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legitimate medical practices that receive form letters telling them their prescribing rights under state law will be superseded by a Walmart-created algorithm that deems a physician unfit to prescribe."

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How a State’s Surgeons Cut Down on Opioids Without Putting Patients in More Pain

In a new research letter in the New England Journal of Medicine , a team from the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network reports the results of a collaborative effort to help surgical teams follow evidence-based ...
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How Should Medical Education Better Prepare Physicians for Opioid Prescribing?

 Abstract: Opioid overprescribing is a key contributor to the current crisis. Changing how ethics is taught in connection with opioid prescribing is one area for improvement. In US medical schools, current training in ethics and opioid prescribing is variable, incorporating a diverse range of concepts, teaching modes, assessment strategies, and faculty experience.

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Chronic Opioid Prescribing in Primary Care: Factors and Perspectives

Abstract: BACKGROUND: Primary care clinicians write 45% of all opioid prescriptions in the United States, but little is known about the characteristics of patients who receive them and the clinicians who prescribe opioid...
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Initial Opioid Prescriptions among U.S. Commercially Insured Patients, 2012–2017

 Background: The United States is undergoing a crippling opioid epidemic, spurred in part by overuse of prescription opioids by adults 25 to 64 years of age. Of concern are long-duration and high-dose initial prescriptions, which place the patients and their friends and relatives at heightened risk for long-term opioid use, misuse, overdose, and death.
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