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Image showing that a prescription drug monitoring program communicates both ways with pharmacies, allows health care providers to obtain information. In addition, state insurance programs, healthcare licensure boards, state health departments, and law enforcement can also get information from the program.

PDMP's: A discussion For and Against a State By State Monitoring Program

Sep 18, 2018 10:00:00 AM by Jody Lutz posted in Healthcare, PDMPs, Clinician Perspective, chronic pain, Pain Management, Clinical Tools, State Opioid Prescibing Guidelines, Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, prescriber compliance, opioid prescribing, clinical practice improvement activities, patient risk, opioid legislation, Healthcare Databases, controlled substances, electronic decisions support

Pharmacy Times reports that, "The first PDMP program was enacted by New York State in 1918 and was used to monitor prescriptions for cocaine, codeine, heroin, morphine, and opium. With this program, pharmacists were required to report copies of prescriptions to the health department within 24 hours."

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Weekend Round Up

Weekend Round Up

Jun 10, 2018 1:23:23 PM by Jody Lutz posted in Opioid Epidemic, Opioid Therapy, State Opioid Prescibing Guidelines, Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, prescriber compliance, opioid prescribing, prescription drug monitoring, weekend round up, Pain Guidelines, patient risk

With opioid prescribing regulations being updated, national policy announcements, state guidelines as well as daily commentary regarding the opioid epidemic flooding news outlets, the AffirmHealth Weekend Round Up looks at the top headlines that caught our team’s eye. From controlled substance protocols to research focusing on pain management, addiction medicine, the ER and more provided to you in an easy to access summary. News you can use. Welcome to the Weekend Round Up.

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Safety in Numbers: Morphine Milligram Equivalents (MME)

Jun 5, 2018 8:30:00 AM by Jody Lutz posted in Opioid Epidemic, Opioid Doses, Guidelines, State Opioid Prescibing Guidelines, opioid prescribing compliance, Pain Guidelines, prescribing protocols, patient risk, patient safety

 

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Weekend Round Up

Weekend Round Up

May 20, 2018 4:24:30 PM by Jody Lutz posted in Healthcare, Opioid Epidemic, Pain Management, opioid prescribing, weekend round up, patient risk, DEA, Heroin, Migraine Treatment

With opioid prescribing regulations being updated, national policy announcements, state guidelines as well as daily commentary regarding the opioid epidemic flooding news outlets, the AffirmHealth Weekend Round Up looks at the top headlines that caught our team’s eye. From controlled substance protocols to research focusing on pain management, addiction medicine, the ER and more provided to you in an easy to access summary. News you can use. Welcome to the Weekend Round Up.

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DEA NATIONAL TAKE BACK

Apr 26, 2018 11:09:33 AM by Jody Lutz posted in Healthcare, Opioid Epidemic, Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, opioid prescribing compliance, patient risk, DEA

 

On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Drug Enforcement Administration will partner with local agencies across the country for the 15th Take Back Day. This opportunity is another initiative to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous.

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