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Opioids prescription guidelines

Eboni G Price-Haywood, Wanda Robinson, Jewel Harden-Barrios, Jeffrey Burton, Todd Burstain
Background: Opioid prescription drug abuse is a major public health concern. Healthcare provider prescribing patterns, especially among non-pain management specialists, are a major factor. Practice guidelines recommend what to do for safe opioid prescribing but do not provide guidance on how to implement best practices. Methods: We describe the implementation of electronic medical record clinical decision support (EMR CDS) for opioid management of chronic noncancer pain in an integrated delivery system...
2018: Ochsner Journal
C Liam Dwyer, Maximillian Soong, Alice Hunter, Jesse Dashe, Eric Tolo, N George Kasparyan
PURPOSE: We investigated whether written guidelines for surgeons and educational handouts for patients regarding safe and effective opioid use after hand surgery could reduce prescription sizes while achieving high patient satisfaction and a low refill rate. METHODS: All patients undergoing isolated carpal tunnel release or distal radius volar locked plating in a hand surgery group practice during a 6-month period were prospectively enrolled. Surgeons prescribed analgesics at their own discretion based on written guidelines...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Hand Surgery
Nathaniel M Rickles, Amy L Huang, Michelle B Gunther, Winney J Chan
BACKGROUND: Prescription opioid abuse has rapidly increased in recent years and is now considered a national epidemic by the United States government. Community pharmacies are at the forefront of opioid abuse, given their role in dispensing opioid prescriptions. Despite this role, however, there are few known guidelines to help community pharmacists navigate the process of detecting and managing prescription opioid abuse. OBJECTIVES: To develop and evaluate a candidate guideline, based on clinical experience and existing literature, to help community pharmacists monitor and manage potential opioid prescription abuse...
February 21, 2018: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
Ryan Tewell, Lisa Edgerton, Elizabeth Kyle
PURPOSE: A program at a family medicine clinic to provide naloxone prescriptions in conjunction with education on naloxone use and opioid hazards to patients at risk for opioid overdose is described. SUMMARY: Consistent with a 2016 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guideline on opioid prescribing for chronic pain, a family medicine clinic implemented updated controlled substance agreements and medical record templates for documentation of pain management visits and established a pharmacist-led naloxone clinic...
March 15, 2018: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
William Kazanis, Mary J Pugh, Claudina Tami, Joseph K Maddry, Vikhyat S Bebarta, Erin P Finley, Don D McGeary, David H Carnahan, Jennifer S Potter
Introduction: Between 2001 and 2009, opioid analgesic prescriptions in the Military Health System quadrupled to 3.8 million. The sheer quantity of opioid analgesics available sets the stage for issues related to misuse, abuse, and diversion. To address this issue, the Department of Defense implemented several directives and clinical guidelines to improve access to appropriate pain care and safe opioid prescribing. Unfortunately, little has been done to characterize changing patterns of opioid use in active duty service members (ADSM), so little is known about how combat operations and military health care policy may have influenced this significant problem...
March 1, 2018: Military Medicine
Franca Benini, Emanuele Castagno, Egidio Barbi, Sabrina Congedi, Antonio Urbino, Paolo Biban, Lucia Calistri, Rossella Letizia Mancusi
AIM: The Pain Practice in Italian Paediatric Emergency Departments assessed how appropriately analgesic drugs were being used by Italian clinicians, based on national paediatric pain guidelines. METHODS: This was a retrospective study that involved 17 Italian members of the Pain In Pediatric Emergency Rooms group. It comprised patients up to the age of 14 years who came to hospital emergency departments with pain and were treated with paracetamol, ibuprofen or opioids, such as codeine, tramadol and morphine...
March 5, 2018: Acta Paediatrica
Mark Sullivan
OBJECTIVES: Treatment guidelines discourage long-term opioid treatment for patients with chronic pain and major depression, but this treatment occurs commonly, producing higher daily doses, longer duration, and more adverse events. METHODS: Review of prospective cohort, retrospective cohort, and other observational studies of the relation between depression and opioid use, abuse, and addiction. RESULTS: Depressed patients initiate opioid therapy slightly more often than non-depressed patients, but are twice as likely to transition to long-term use...
March 2, 2018: Clinical Journal of Pain
Sean S Michael, Kavita M Babu, Christopher Androski, Martin A Reznek
OBJECTIVE: Little is known about accuracy of provider self-perception of opioid prescribing. We hypothesized that an intervention asking emergency department (ED) providers to self-identify their opioid prescribing practices compared to group norms-and subsequently providing them with their actual prescribing data-would alter future prescribing compared to controls. METHODS: This was a prospective, multi-center randomized trial in which all attending physicians, residents, and advanced practice providers at four EDs were randomly assigned to either no intervention or a brief data-driven intervention during which providers were: (1) asked to self-identify and explicitly report to research staff their perceived opioid prescribing in comparison to their peers, and then (2) given their actual data with peer group norms for comparison...
March 2, 2018: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Linda S Young, Robert S Crausman, John P Fulton
In the U.S. in 2015, the proportion of people dependent on opioids approached one percent, and opioid overdose rivaled auto accidents as the leading cause of accidental death. The literature suggests a credible link between increased opioid prescribing and increased opioid addiction. Accordingly, some have suggested that limiting the number of opioid prescriptions (and the number of doses per prescription) might be effective in reducing the number of opioid-related deaths. Toward this end, we designed and piloted an evidence-based quality-improvement project in four urgent care clinics...
March 1, 2018: Rhode Island Medical Journal
Kristine T Hanson, Cornelius A Thiels, Stephanie F Polites, Halena M Gazelka, Mohamed D Ray-Zack, Martin D Zielinski, Elizabeth B Habermann
BACKGROUND: Postoperative prescribing following acute care surgery must be optimized to limit excess opioids in circulation as misuse and diversion are frequently preceded by a prescription for acute pain. This study aimed to identify patient characteristics associated with higher opioid prescribing following laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC). METHODS: Among patients age ≥18 years who underwent LC at a single institution 2014-2016, opioids prescribed at discharge were converted to oral morphine equivalents (OME) and compared to developing state guidelines (max 200 OME)...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Kari E Hacker, R Kevin Reynolds, Shitanshu Uppal
The opioid crisis in the United States has been declared a public health emergency. Various governmental agencies, cancer care organizations and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued guidelines in hopes of managing this crisis. Curbing over-prescription of opioids by medical professionals has been a central theme in many of these guidelines. Gynecologic oncologists encounter patients with a variety of pain sources, including acute pain secondary to the underlying malignancy or surgical procedures as well as chronic pain related to the malignancy and the sequelae of treatments rendered...
February 3, 2018: Gynecologic Oncology
Shirley Musich, Shaohung S Wang, Luke B Slindee, Karen Keown, Kevin Hawkins, Charlotte S Yeh
Objective: To examine the prevalence of musculoskeletal back pain among older adults stratified by pain medication intensity to 1) review treatment patterns and 2) consider targeted back pain prevention interventions. Methods: A random sample of older adults age 64 years and older was utilized to identify new and recurring back pain. Prescription pain medications from drug claims were used to stratify to five unique intensity levels. The characteristics of each level were determined using regression models...
January 31, 2018: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Winfried Häuser, Stephan Schug, Andrea D Furlan
Introduction: A marked rise in opioid prescriptions for patients with chronic noncancer pain (CNCP) with a parallel increase in opioid abuse/misuse, and resulting deaths was noted in the Unites states in the past decade (opioid epidemic). In response, the US Center of Diseases Control (CDC) developed a guideline for prescribing of opioids for patients with CNCP. Objectives: To assess (1) if there is an opioid epidemic in Australia, Canada, and Germany (2) to compare Australian, Canadian, German, and Center of Diseases Control guidelines recommendations for long-term opioid therapy for CNCP...
May 2017: Pain Reports (Baltimore, Md.)
Ramona Shayegani, Kangwon Song, Megan E Amuan, Carlos A Jaramillo, Blessen C Eapen, Mary Jo Pugh
BACKGROUND: Although concern exists regarding the adverse effects and rate of zolpidem use, especially long-term use, limited information is available concerning patterns of zolpidem use. OBJECTIVE: To examine the prevalence and correlates of zolpidem exposure in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans (IAVs). METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of zolpidem prescriptions was performed with National Veterans Health Administration (VHA) data. We gathered national VA inpatient, outpatient, and pharmacy data files for IAV's who received VA care between fiscal years (FY) 2013 and 2014...
2018: PloS One
Mahyar Etminan, M Reza Nouri, Mohit Sodhi, Bruce C Carleton
OBJECTIVE: Recently, there has been great interest in the use, abuse and over-prescribing of opioid analgesics for children. However, there is a paucity of evidence on patterns of prescribing of both narcotic and non-narcotic analgesics for children by dentists. METHODS: We used a population-wide prescription drug database (PharmaNet) in British Columbia, Canada, to examine prescribing and dispensing of analgesics surrounding dental procedures. We examined all drugs prescribed for children by dentists between 1997 and 2013, as we had access to data on drug doses and days of medication supply...
August 2017: Journal—Canadian Dental Association, Journal de L'Association Dentaire Canadienne
Nicholas Cox, Casey R Tak, Susan E Cochella, Eric Leishman, Karen Gunning
INTRODUCTION: Primary care providers (PCPs) account for half of opioid prescriptions, often feel chronic pain patients are challenging to manage, and there is wide variability in practice patterns. The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate the impact of a previsit pharmacist review of high-risk patients treated with opioids for chronic pain on compliance to guideline recommendations at a family medicine residency clinic. METHODS: All adult patients with an appointment for chronic pain who were prescribed >50 morphine milligram equivalents (MMEs)/day had charts reviewed by a pharmacist before each appointment; recommendations were sent electronically to the provider before the appointment...
January 2018: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
Kevin C Abbott, Chyng-Wen Fwu, Paul W Eggers, Anne W Eggers, Prudence P Kline, Paul L Kimmel
BACKGROUND: CDC guidelines recommend caution in prescribing opioids for chronic pain. The characteristics of opioid prescription (OpRx) among kidney transplant (KTx) recipients has not been described in a national population. METHODS: We assessed OpRx prevalence among prevalent KTx recipients, and associated duration (chronic, defined as ≥90 days in a year) and dosing (in morphine milligram equivalents per day, MME, of <50, 50-89, and ≥90) with outcomes, death and graft loss, among incident KTx recipients using 2006-2010 US Renal Data System files, including Medicare Part D for medication ascertainment...
January 10, 2018: Transplantation
Amber Cragg, Jeffrey P Hau, Stephanie A Woo, Christine Liu, Mary M Doyle-Waters, Corinne M Hohl
BACKGROUND: Opioid addiction prevention has become an urgent public health priority, with several countries declaring a state of emergency due to rising death tolls from opioid abuse. Reducing the risk of developing addiction among opioid-naïve patients exposed to prescribed opioids during the process of medical care may be an important primary prevention strategy. Our objective is to synthesize the available evidence about factors associated with the development of addiction among patients first exposed to prescribed opioids, with a focus on opioid-naïve patients...
December 28, 2017: Systematic Reviews
Danielle A Morrison, Sarah K Wise, John M DelGaudio, Naweed I Chowdhury, Joshua M Levy
OBJECTIVE: Opioid abuse is a common disorder affecting over 2 million Americans. Intranasal tissue necrosis is a previously described sequela of nasal opioid inhalation, with a similar presentation to invasive fungal rhinosinusitis (IFRS). The goal of this case report and systematic review is to evaluate the evidence supporting this uncommon disease, with qualitative analysis of the presentation, management and treatment outcomes. DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE, EMBASE, Google Scholar, Scopus, and Web of Science...
December 27, 2017: Laryngoscope
Todd Schneberk, Brian Raffetto, David Kim, David L Schriger
STUDY OBJECTIVE: We determine episodic and high-quantity prescribers' contribution to opioid prescriptions and total morphine milligram equivalents in California, especially among individuals prescribed large amounts of opioids. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional descriptive analysis of opioid prescribing patterns during an 8-year period using the de-identified Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) database, the California subsection of the prescription drug monitoring program...
December 21, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
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