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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679440/effects-of-a-prior-authorization-policy-for-extended-release-long-acting-opioids-on-utilization-and-outcomes-in-a-state-medicaid-program
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Shellie L Keast, Hyunjee Kim, Richard A Deyo, Luke Middleton, K John McConnell, Kun Zhang, Sharia M Ahmed, Nancy Nesser, Daniel M Hartung
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: In response to the opioid overdose epidemic, USA state Medicaid programs have adopted restrictive policies for opioid analgesics, yet effects on prescribing patterns and health outcomes are uncertain. This study aimed to examine effects of a prior authorization policy for extended-release/long-acting (ER/LA) opioids on opioid use in the Oklahoma, USA state Medicaid program. DESIGN: Retrospective difference-in-differences design study comparing changes in opioid use in Oklahoma Medicaid to control (Oregon Medicaid)...
April 20, 2018: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678969/reducing-the-default-dispense-quantity-for-new-opioid-analgesic-prescriptions-study-protocol-for-a-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial
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Marcus A Bachhuber, Denis Nash, William N Southern, Moonseong Heo, Matthew Berger, Mark Schepis, Chinazo O Cunningham
INTRODUCTION: As opioid analgesic consumption has grown, so have opioid use disorder and opioid-related overdoses. Reducing the quantity of opioid analgesics prescribed for acute non-cancer pain can potentially reduce risks to the individual receiving the prescription and to others who might unintentionally or intentionally consume any leftover tablets. Reducing the default dispense quantity for new opioid analgesic prescriptions in the electronic health record (EHR) is a promising intervention to reduce prescribing...
April 20, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678564/prescription-medication-use-among-community-based-us-adults-with-chronic-low-back-pain-a-cross-sectional-population-based-study
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Anna Shmagel, Linh Ngo, Kristine Ensrud, Robert Foley
Many classes of medications have been evaluated in chronic low back pain (cLBP), however their utilization in the community remains unclear. We examine patterns of prescription medication use among Americans with cLBP in a nationally representative, community-based sample. The Back Pain Survey was administered to a representative sample of US adults aged 20-69 (N = 5103) during the 2009-2010 cycle of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). cLBP was defined as self-reported pain in the area between the lower posterior margin of the ribcage and the horizontal gluteal fold on most days for at least 3 months (N = 700)...
April 17, 2018: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677607/association-between-childhood-maltreatment-and-non-medical-prescription-opioid-use-among-chinese-senior-high-school-students-the-moderating-role-of-gender
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Yiling Lei, Chuhao Xi, Pengsheng Li, Min Luo, Wanxin Wang, Siyuan Pan, Xue Gao, Yan Xu, Guoliang Huang, Xueqing Deng, Lan Guo, Ciyong Lu
BACKGROUND: Non-medical prescription opioid use (NMPOU) and childhood maltreatment are currently serious problems among adolescents worldwide, and childhood maltreatment may be associated with the increased rates of NMPOU. This study examined the specific associations between particular types of childhood maltreatment and lifetime NMPOU and assessed whether gender has a moderating effect on these associations. METHODS: A 3-stage, stratified cluster, randomized sampling method was used to collect data from 11,194 high school students in Chongqing...
April 10, 2018: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677414/a-multistep-approach-to-address-clinican-knowledge-attitudes-and-behavior-around-opioid-prescribing
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Sara Kohlbeck, Brenna Akert, Caroline Pace, Amy Zosel
INTRODUCTION: The Wisconsin Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) was implemented in 2013 to reduce the misuse, abuse, and diversion of controlled substance prescriptions. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate provider knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding the Wisconsin PDMP before and after study interventions. METHODS: An initial survey of clinicians, a focus group, pre- and posttests for an educational session, and a 3-month follow-up survey were utilized...
March 2018: WMJ: Official Publication of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677062/opioid-oversupply-after-joint-and-spine-surgery-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Mark C Bicket, Elizabeth White, Peter J Pronovost, Christopher L Wu, Myron Yaster, G Caleb Alexander
BACKGROUND: Many patients receive prescription opioids at hospital discharge after surgery, yet little is known regarding how often these opioids go unused. We estimated the prevalence of unused opioids, use of nonopioid analgesics, and storage and disposal practices after same-day and inpatient surgery. METHODS: In this prospective cohort study at a large, inner-city tertiary care hospital, we recruited individuals ≥18 years of age undergoing elective same-day or inpatient joint and spine surgery from August to November 2016...
April 17, 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676839/analgesic-consumption-trajectories-in-8-975-patients-1-year-after-fast-track-total-hip-or-knee-arthroplasty
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C C Jørgensen, M Petersen, H Kehlet, E K Aasvang
BACKGROUND: Persistent or increased long-term opioid consumption has previously been described following total hip- (THA) and knee arthroplasty (TKA). However, detailed information on postoperative analgesic consumption trajectories and risk factors associated with continued need of analgesics in fast-track THA and TKA is sparse. METHODS: Descriptive multicenter study in primary unilateral fast-track THA or TKA with prospective data on patient characteristics and information on reimbursement entitled dispensed prescriptions of paracetamol, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, opioids, anticonvulsants, and antidepressants one month preoperatively and one year postoperatively...
April 20, 2018: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676050/part-2-current-prescribing-trends-of-dental-non-antibacterial-medicines-in-australia-from-2013-to-2016
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L Teoh, K Stewart, R J Marino, M J McCullough
BACKGROUND: There is limited literature regarding dental prescribing preferences for medicines other than antibiotics. This study aimed to describe the prescribing trends of dispensed prescription medicines by dentists in Australia from 2013 and 2016 and assess adherence to current guidelines. METHODS: Data was accessed from the Department of Health of all dental prescriptions dispensed under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from 2013 to 2016 and prescribing patterns were analysed...
April 19, 2018: Australian Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29675893/characteristics-of-opioid-maintained-clients-smoking-fentanyl-patches-the-importance-of-confirmatory-drug-analysis-illustrated-by-a-case-series-and-mini-review
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Andreas Kimergård, Jacklyn Dunne, Anette Bøgen, Peter Hindersson, Torben Breindahl
The increase in opioid prescribing in many European countries over the last decade has raised concerns about associated diversion, overdose and mortality. Fentanyl is one of these synthetic opioids that is typically prescribed as a transdermal patch for pain that requires continuous pain relief and has been the focus of investigations due to reports of overdose and death. We report a case series of 14 drug addiction treatment entrants who entered treatment in one service located in the region of Southern Denmark from August 2015 to December 2015 for smoking fentanyl patches...
April 19, 2018: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29675049/administration-of-intravenous-morphine-for-acute-pain-in-the-emergency-department-inflicts-an-economic-burden-in-europe
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Montserrat Casamayor, Karen DiDonato, Marc Hennebert, Luca Brazzi, Gregor Prosen
Background: Acute pain is among the leading causes of referral to the emergency department (ED) in industrialized countries. Its management mainly depends on intensity. Moderate-to-severe pain is treated with intravenous (IV) administered opioids, of which morphine is the most commonly used in the ED. We have estimated the burden of IV administration of morphine in the five key European countries (EU5) using a micro-costing approach. Scope: A structured literature review was conducted to identify clinical guidelines for acute pain management in EU5 and clinical studies conducted in the ED setting...
2018: Drugs in Context
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29672774/overdose-epidemic-linked-to-the-prescription-of-opioid-analgesics-in-the-united-states
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Josep Guardia Serecigni
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April 5, 2018: Adicciones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29672145/trends-in-prescription-pain-medication-use-by-race-ethnicity-among-us-adults-with-noncancer-pain-2000-2015
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Jordan M Harrison, Pooja Lagisetty, Brian D Sites, Cui Guo, Matthew A Davis
OBJECTIVES: To examine national trends in the use of various pharmacological pain medication classes by race/ethnicity among the US pain population. METHODS: We used data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to conduct a nationally representative, serial cross-sectional study of the noninstitutionalized US adult population from 2000 to 2015. We identified adults with moderate or severe self-reported pain and excluded individuals with cancer. We used complex survey design to provide national estimates of the percentage of adults with noncancer pain who received prescription pain medications among 4 groups: non-Hispanic White, non-Hispanic Black, Hispanic or Latino, and other...
April 19, 2018: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29671504/buprenorphine-therapy-for-opioid-use-disorder
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Roger Zoorob, Alicia Kowalchuk, Maria Mejia de Grubb
Opioid misuse, including the use of heroin and the overprescribing, misuse, and diversion of opioid pain medications, has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. As a result, there has been a dramatic increase in opioid use disorder and associated overdoses and deaths. Addiction is a chronic brain disease with a genetic component that affects motivation, inhibition, and cognition. Patient characteristics associated with successful buprenorphine maintenance treatment include stable or controlled medical or psychiatric comorbidities and a safe, substance-free environment...
March 1, 2018: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29669080/comparison-of-downstream-health-care-utilization-costs-and-long-term-opioid-use-physical-therapist-management-versus-opioid-therapy-management-after-arthroscopic-hip-surgery
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Daniel I Rhon, Suzanne J Snodgrass, Joshua A Cleland, Tina A Greenlee, Charles D Sissel, Chad E Cook
Background: Physical therapy and opioid prescriptions are common after hip surgery, but are sometimes delayed or not used. Objective: The objective of this study was to compare downstream health care utilization and opioid use following hip surgery for different patterns of physical therapy and prescription opioids. Design: The design of this study was an observational cohort. Methods: Health care utilization was abstracted from the Military Health System Data Repository for patients who were 18 to 50 years old and were undergoing arthroscopic hip surgery between 2004 and 2013...
May 1, 2018: Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29669042/p-glycoprotein-on-blood-brain-barrier-plays-a-vital-role-in-fentanyl-brain-exposure-and-respiratory-toxicity-in-rats
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ChenChen Yu, Mei Yuan, HaiYing Yang, XiaoMei Zhuang, Hua Li
Fentanyl is a rapid-acting, short duration opioid analgesic agent. In recent years, increased prescription and illicit use of fentanyl drugs have led to major safety concerns and a growing death toll. However, the causes of fentanyl induced fatal adverse effects have not been thoroughly researched. The current study investigated P-glycoprotein (P-gp) modulated brain blood barrier (BBB) penetration of fentanyl and its resulting toxicity in vitro and in vivo. ATPase assays were performed together with bi-directional transport assays using Caco-2 cells in the presence and absence of tariquidar, a P-gp inhibitor, to confirm the P-gp substrate property of fentanyl...
April 14, 2018: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668527/opioid-and-benzodiazepine-use-before-injury-among-workers-in-washington-state-2012-2015
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Esi W Nkyekyer, Deborah Fulton-Kehoe, June Spector, Gary Franklin
OBJECTIVE: To characterize pre-injury prescription opioid and benzodiazepine use and its relationship with post-injury use and missed work among workers. METHODS: 313,543 Washington State Department of Labor and Industries workers' compensation injury claims from 2012-2015 were linked with State Prescription Monitoring Program data. Pre-injury prevalence of opioid and benzodiazepine use were compared between compensable and non-compensable claims, and between workers with and without post-injury prescriptions, using the Pearson Chi-Square test...
April 17, 2018: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667859/prescribing-naloxone-for-opioid-overdose-intervention
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Robert B Dunne
To provide an update on prescription of naloxone as a harm-reduction strategy, PubMed was searched to identify publications relevant to naloxone prescribing for reversal of opioid overdose. Opportunities now exist to expand naloxone use, although evidence suggests these are often missed or underexploited. The US FDA has approved an intranasal naloxone spray and an autoinjector naloxone formulation for community use. Effective use of naloxone in community settings requires screening to identify patients at risk of opioid overdose, discussing naloxone use with patients and their relatives, and providing appropriate training...
April 18, 2018: Pain Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667452/the-feasibility-of-employing-a-home-healthcare-model-for-education-and-treatment-of-opioid-overdose-using-a-naloxone-auto-injector-in-a-private-practice-pain-medicine-clinic
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Anthony Dragovich, Fred Brason, Thomas Beltran, Amy McCoart, Anthony R Plunkett
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determine if employing a home healthcare model for education and treatment of opioid overdose using Evzio® (Naloxone)* auto-injector in a private practice pain clinic. METHODS: A prospective survey was used to determine the feasibility of integrating a naloxone auto-injector within the patient's home with a home care training model. Twenty moderate or high-risk patients were enrolled from our chronic pain clinic. Patients who were moderate or high risk completed an evaluation survey...
April 18, 2018: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29664894/does-medical-cannabis-use-increase-or-decrease-the-use-of-opioid-analgesics-and-other-prescription-drugs
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Marcus A Bachhuber, Julia H Arnsten, Chinazo O Cunningham, Nancy Sohler
: In observational and retrospective studies, people who use cannabis are more likely than people who do not use cannabis to also use other drugs. People who take medical cannabis are also more likely to report medical and non-medical use of opioid analgesics, stimulants, and tranquilizers. Given that people who take medical cannabis and those who do not are likely to have different underlying morbidity, it is possible that medical cannabis use reduces prescription drug use yet prescription drug use remains relatively high...
April 17, 2018: Journal of Addiction Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29664203/trends-and-patterns-of-opioid-analgesic-prescribing-regional-and-rural-urban-variations-in-kentucky-from-2012-to-2015
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Huong Luu, Svetla Slavova, Patricia R Freeman, Michelle Lofwall, Steven Browning, Heather Bush
PURPOSE: Increased opioid analgesic prescribing (OAP) has been associated with increased risk of prescription opioid diversion, misuse, and abuse. We studied regional and rural-urban variations in OAP trends in Kentucky, from 2012 to 2015, and examined potential county-level risk and protective factors. METHODS: This study used prescription drug monitoring data. Marginal models employing generalized estimating equations were used to model repeated counts of residents with opioid analgesic prescriptions within county-quarter, 2012-2015, with offset for resident population, by rural-urban classification exposure, and adjusting for time-varying socioeconomic and relevant health status measures...
April 17, 2018: Journal of Rural Health
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