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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210864/pharmacy-benefit-management-companies-do-they-create-value-in-the-us-healthcare-system
#1
Alan Lyles
Pharmacy benefit management companies (PBMs) perform functions in the US market-based healthcare system that may be performed by public agencies or quasi-public institutions in other nations. By aggregating lives covered under their many individual contracts with payers, PBMs have formidable negotiating power. They influence pharmaceutical insurance coverage, design the terms of coverage in a plan's drug benefit, and create competition among providers for inclusion in a plan's network. PBMs have, through intermediation, the potential to secure lower drug prices and to improve rational prescribing...
February 16, 2017: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166464/implementation-of-a-pharmacy-consult-to-reduce-co-prescribing-of-opioids-and-benzodiazepines-in-a-veteran-population
#2
Deborah Pardo, Lacey Miller, Dana Chiulli
BACKGROUND: The dangers of co-administration of opioid pain relievers (OPRs) and benzodiazepines (BZDs) are well documented. The combination of OPRs and BZDs make up the majority of medications involved in prescription drug-related overdose and are often used concomitantly. This pattern is consistent among the Veteran population where mental health illness and substance abuse are prominent. The Veterans Health Administration implemented the Opioid Safety Initiative (OSI) aimed at improving patient safety surrounding OPRs...
February 6, 2017: Substance Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163027/pharmacists-readiness-to-provide-naloxone-in-community-pharmacies-in-west-virginia
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J Douglas Thornton, Elizabeth Lyvers, Virginia Ginger G Scott, Nilanjana Dwibedi
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study is to assess West Virginia pharmacists' stocking and dispensing practices of opioid-related medications and to identify the educational needs relating to providing naloxone in community pharmacies. DESIGN: A cross-sectional, anonymous, 49-item survey was created and validated to assess the educational needs of West Virginia community pharmacists. SETTING: West Virginia. PARTICIPANTS: The data collection instrument was administered to 266 pharmacists currently licensed in West Virginia at 6 continuing pharmacy education events throughout the state from March 1 to June 15, 2016...
February 2, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152391/prescription-drug-monitoring-programs-nonmedical-use-of-prescription-drugs-and-heroin-use-evidence-from-the-national-survey-of-drug-use-and-health
#4
Mir M Ali, William N Dowd, Timothy Classen, Ryan Mutter, Scott P Novak
In the United States, nonmedical prescription opioid use is a major public health concern. Various policy initiatives have been undertaken to tackle this crisis, including state prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs). This study uses the 2004-2014 National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) and exploits state-level variation in the timing of PDMP implementation and PDMP characteristics to investigate whether PDMPs are associated with a reduction in prescription opioid misuse or whether they have the unintended consequence of increasing heroin use...
January 6, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152337/how-states-are-tackling-the-opioid-crisis
#5
Shalini Wickramatilake, Julia Zur, Norah Mulvaney-Day, Melinda Campopiano von Klimo, Elizabeth Selmi, Henrick Harwood
OBJECTIVES: We used data from the 2015 National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors Web-based questionnaire and other sources to demonstrate the range and scope of state initiatives being used to deal with the opioid crisis in the United States. METHODS: State alcohol and drug agency directors and designated senior agency managers responded to the questionnaire, which asked respondents about recent opioid-related state-level public health initiatives at their agencies...
January 1, 2017: Public Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135387/the-opioid-epidemic-what-does-it-mean-for-nurses
#6
Laura G Leahy
The United States is facing a major crisis with the current opioid epidemic. Tens of thousands of individuals are dying each year due to abuse and misuse of heroin and prescription opiate drugs. Nurses play an integral role in these aspects of health care and offer solutions by providing education; preventive measures; treatments, including medication-assisted treatments (MATs); and ongoing recovery options for individuals with opioid use disorders. Nurses provide education, issue prescriptions and dispense medications, and provide overall physical and mental health care to patients struggling with this "disease of the brain," and with the signing of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, advanced practice RNs will soon be able to include MATs related to buprenorphine as part of their treatment plan...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132697/physician-practices-to-prevent-adhd-stimulant-diversion-and-misuse
#7
Natalie Colaneri, Sarah Keim, Andrew Adesman
BACKGROUND: Recent studies report that a significant number of adolescents misuse and divert prescription stimulants. As prescribers of these medications, physicians have a unique opportunity to help prevent the improper use and unlawful distribution of these medications. This study evaluates the extent to which physicians employ prevention practices with their adolescent patients with ADHD and their perceptions of the effectiveness of these practices. METHODS: A questionnaire was developed and mailed to child and adolescent psychiatrists, child neurologists, and developmental-behavioral pediatricians in the US...
March 2017: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127624/oxycodone-self-administration-in-male-and-female-rats
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Maria Mavrikaki, Marco Pravetoni, Sarah Page, David Potter, Elena Chartoff
RATIONALE: Oxycodone is one of the most widely prescribed painkillers in the USA. However, its use is complicated by high abuse potential. As sex differences have been described in drug addiction, the present study tested for sex differences in intravenous oxycodone self-administration in rats. METHODS: Male and female Sprague-Dawley rats were implanted with jugular vein catheters and trained to self-administer oxycodone (0.03 mg/kg/infusion) under fixed ratio 1 (FR1), FR2, and FR5 schedules of reinforcement followed by a dose-response study to assess sensitivity to the reinforcing effects of oxycodone...
January 27, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123443/liver-illness-and-psychiatric-patients
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Paul Carrier, Marilyne Debette-Gratien, Murielle Girard, Jérémie Jacques, Philippe Nubukpo, Véronique Loustaud-Ratti
Patients with psychiatric disorders are usually more exposed to multiple somatic illnesses, including liver diseases. Specific links are established between psychiatric disorders and alcohol hepatitis, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C in the population as a whole, and specifically in drug abusers. Metabolic syndrome criteria, and associated steatosis or non-alcoholic steato-hepatitis (NASH) are frequent in patients with chronic psychiatric disorders under psychotropic drugs, and should be screened. Some psychiatric medications, such as neuroleptics, mood stabilizers, and a few antidepressants, are often associated with drug-induced liver injury (DILI)...
December 2016: Hepatitis Monthly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109625/toxicological-findings-in-driver-and-motorcyclist-fatalities-in-scotland-2012-2015
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Hilary J Hamnett, Martha Ilett, Fauzia Izzati, Shannah S Smith, Kirsty H Watson
Fatal motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) continue to be a common occurrence worldwide. This paper presents a retrospective analysis of the toxicological investigation of drivers and motorcyclists fatally injured in MVCs in Scotland from 2012 to 2015. One hundred and eighteen cases with full toxicological analysis, i.e., alcohol, drugs of abuse and prescription drugs, were examined. Of those 118 MVC cases, 74 (63%) were car drivers, 32 (27%) were motorcyclists and the remaining were drivers of other vehicles such as large goods vehicles...
January 3, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104562/assessing-patient-rated-vs-clinician-rated-adherence-to-the-therapy-in-treatment-resistant-schizophrenia-schizophrenia-responders-and-non-schizophrenia-patients
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Felice Iasevoli, Andrea Fagiolini, Maria Vittoria Formato, Emiliano Prinzivalli, Sara Giordano, Raffaele Balletta, Vincenzo De Luca, Andrea de Bartolomeis
The present study evaluated consistency, reliability, and determinants of two real-world measures of adherence to prescription in 57 schizophrenia and 61 non-schizophrenia patients. Treatment resistant schizophrenia (TRS) was additionally diagnosed in 28 of the schizophrenia patients. Patients were screened for clinical severity, cognitive functioning, and adherence by 10-item Drug Attitude Inventory (DAI-10) or Adherence-to-Therapy (AtT), a clinician-rated tool developed by our group. DAI-10 and AtT scores showed a significant correlation (p=0...
January 7, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103678/an-advance-in-prescription-opioid-vaccines-overdose-mortality-reduction-and-extraordinary-alteration-of-drug-half-life
#12
Atsushi Kimishima, Cody J Wenthur, Bin Zhou, Kim D Janda
Prescription opioids (POs) such as oxycodone and hydrocodone are highly effective medications for pain management, yet they also present a substantial risk for abuse and addiction. The consumption of POs has been escalating worldwide, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths due to overdose each year. Pharmacokinetic strategies based upon vaccination present an attractive avenue to suppress PO abuse. Herein, the preparation of two active PO vaccines is described that were found to elicit high-affinity antiopioid antibodies through a structurally congruent drug-hapten design...
20, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101955/prescription-drug-monitoring-programs-produce-a-limited-impact-on-painkiller-prescribing-in-medicare-part-d
#13
Courtney R Yarbrough
OBJECTIVE: To measure the impact of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) on prescribing of opioid and nonopioid painkillers. DATA SOURCE: 2010-2013 physician-level Medicare Part D prescribing data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Propublica. STUDY DESIGN: Using difference-in-differences models with physician-level fixed effects, the study compares prescribing in states with and without PDMPs for opioid and nonopioid analgesics, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and opioids by controlled substances Schedules II-IV...
January 18, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100012/characterization-and-management-of-patients-with-heroin-versus-non-heroin-opioid-overdoses-experience-at-an-academic-medical-center
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Kate M Morizio, Regan A Baum, Adam Dugan, Julia E Marin, Abby M Bailey
STUDY OBJECTIVES: To characterize the differences between patients who had heroin and non-heroin opioid overdoses and to determine whether there were any significant differences in their management with regard to the naloxone use. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Large, academic medical center. PATIENTS: A total of 923 patients admitted to the medical center who were identified for overdose by heroin or other opiate-related narcotics between January 2010 and September 2015; 480 patients experienced a non-heroin opioid overdose event, and 443 patients experienced a heroin overdose event...
January 18, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099791/mitigating-the-prescription-drug-abuse-epidemic
#15
Mike Midgley
Focused attention on the prescription drug abuse epidemic needs to include evidence-based training for clinicians who manage patients with pain to facilitate accurate screening with consideration of comorbid conditions, diagnosis, selection of the appropriate treatment regimen, and focused monitoring of adherence to the established course of therapy. DEA licensure requirements need to be amended to mandate targeted training focused on pain medication upon initial application and renewal of license. A nationwide mandated real-time dispenser database that requires verification every time a clinician prescribes opioids and other key controlled substances should be a top priority...
January 2017: Journal of Healthcare Risk Management: the Journal of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096302/postmortem-and-toxicological-findings-in-a-series-of-furanylfentanyl-related-deaths
#16
Davide Guerrieri, Emma Rapp, Markus Roman, Henrik Druid, Robert Kronstrand
Over the course of 4 months in 2015 and 2016, a cluster of seven fatal intoxications involving the opioid-analogue furanylfentanyl occurred in Sweden; toxicological analysis showed presence of furanylfentanyl either as the only drug or in combination with other illicit substances. Previous publications have only reported non-lethal furanylfentanyl intoxications. In the cases presented here, furanylfentanyl intoxication-alone or in combination with other drugs-was determined to be the cause of death by the responsible pathologist...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074749/students-use-stamp-out-program-to-advance-seniors-knowledge-of-drug-misuse
#17
Gabrielle Cozzi, Elisa Torres, Robert G Wahler
: This program assessed the impact of student presentations on 30 seniors and sought to improve their knowledge of prescription drug misuse and abuse. The six pharmacy students used the ASCP Foundation's "STAMP Out Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Tool Kit." Information presented to senior audiences included descriptions of drug misuse and abuse and preventive measures to uphold medication safety. Students assessed seniors' prior knowledge about the topics through audience participation...
December 1, 2016: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072812/is-kratom-the-new-legal-high-on-the-block-the-case-of-an-emerging-opioid-receptor-agonist-with-substance-abuse-potential
#18
George C Chang-Chien, Charles A Odonkor, Prin Amorapanth
Kratom is an unscheduled opioid receptor agonist that comes in the form of dietary supplements currently being abused by chronic pain patients on prescription opioids. Active alkaloids isolated from kratom such as mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine are thought to act on mu- and delta-opioid receptors as well as alpha-2 adrenergic and 5-HT2A receptors. Animal studies suggest that kratom may be more potent than morphine. Consequently, kratom consumption produces analgesic and euphoric feelings among users. In particular, some chronic pain patients on opioids take kratom to counteract the effects of opioid withdrawal...
January 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068268/what-every-dentist-should-know-about-opioids
#19
Lara M Seidman, Patricia A Tordik, Nasir Bashirelahi
Prescription drug abuse is on the rise, causing detrimental health consequences and taking lives. Since dentists comprise a large percentage of opioid prescribers, they should be well educated on the uses and effects of opioids. This article discusses the consequences of long-term opioid use, how to identify signs of dependence, and how to prevent future abuse.
January 2017: General Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059432/primary-care-providers-prescribing-practices-of-opioid-controlled-substances
#20
Lisa B E Shields, Soraya Nasraty, Alisha D Bell, Anil N Vinayakan, Raghunath S Gudibanda, Steven T Hester, Joshua T Honaker
OBJECTIVE: Prescription opioid abuse poses a significant public health concern. House Bill 1 (HB1) was enacted in 2012 to address prescription drug abuse in Kentucky. The authors investigated the impact of HB1 on primary care providers' (PCPs) prescribing practices of Schedule II controlled substances. DESIGN: Retrospective evaluation of PCPs' prescribing practices in an adult outpatient setting. METHODS: A review of the prescribing practices for Schedule II controlled substances written by 149 PCPs...
November 2016: Journal of Opioid Management
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