Expanding the availability of medication treatment for opioid use disorder in primary care settings would be a major step toward reducing overdose deaths, write two physicians specializing in addiction medicine and health care delivery in the July 5 issue of New England Journal of Medicine. In their Perspectives article entitled “Primary Care and the Opioid-Overdose […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain The Trump administration on Thursday released a safety training video for emergency responders that aims to dispel myths about the risks of minor exposure to fentanyl, the powerful synthetic opioid. “One myth is that touching any amount of fentanyl is likely to cause severe illness or injury or even death. And […]Continue Reading ...
From left: Dr Meredith Perry, Dr Hemakumar Devan, both from School of Physiotherapy, Wellington. Ms Barbara Saipe and Ms Dagmar Hempel, both from Pain Management Service, CCDHB. Credit: University of Otago The outlook for the one in five New Zealanders with persistent or chronic pain has the potential to be more positive according to an […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain A team of researchers at Johns Hopkins have found that activating nerve cell receptors along two chemical pathways—one that has previously been linked to how the brain senses “itch”—may improve pain relief when combined with conventional ways to blunt pain using opioid drugs, such as morphine. The study results, published in […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Health care insurers including Medicare, Medicaid and major private insurers have not done enough to combat the opioid epidemic, suggests a study led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The Bloomberg School researchers examined major insurers’ 2017 coverage policies for drugs to treat chronic lower-back pain, and […]Continue Reading ...
In the first 90 days of concurrent opioid and benzodiazepine use, the risk of opioid-related overdose increases five-fold compared to opioid-only use among Medicare recipients, according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, published today in JAMA Network Open. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends against concurrent […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Making opioids from sugar instead of from field grown opium poppies has the potential to solve many of the problems associated with manufacturing strong pain killers. Epimeron Inc. (“Epimeron”), a Calgary-based biotechnology company, has taken a major step toward that goal with its announcement of the isolation of a novel gene […]Continue Reading ...
US doctors issued nearly 200 million prescriptions for OxyContin, pictured, and other opioid painkiller last year, the American Medical Association said US doctors reduced the number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers last year, continuing a five-year trend, in an effort to reverse a deadly drug abuse epidemic, a report released Thursday said. The American Medical […]Continue Reading ...
Sterling McPherson. Credit: WSU Stopping long-term opioid treatment does not make chronic, non-cancer-related pain worse and, in some cases, makes it better, Washington State University researchers have found. The research marks a crucial first step towards understanding how ending long-term opioid therapy affects patients with different types of chronic pain and could help medical practitioners […]Continue Reading ...
Single-step nasal spray naloxone is the easiest to deliver, according to new research led by faculty at Binghamton University, State University at New York. Expanded access to naloxone, also known as Narcan, has been identified as a key intervention for reducing opioid-related deaths. However, there is more than one way to administer it and it […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Despite increased attention to opioid abuse, prescriptions have remained relatively unchanged for many U.S. patients, research led by Mayo Clinic finds. The research, published in The BMJ, shows that opioid prescription rates have remained flat for commercially insured patients over the past decade. Rates for some Medicare patients are leveling but […]Continue Reading ...
A Johns Hopkins expert panel of health care providers and patients have announced what is, to their knowledge, the nation’s first set of operation-specific opioid prescribing guidelines. The guidelines are based on the premise that opioid prescribing limits should be based on the operation performed rather than a blanket approach. The ranges offered for each […]Continue Reading ...
(HealthDay)—Antipsychotic therapy prescribed to nursing home residents is mostly initiated in nursing homes rather than hospitals or outpatient settings, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Yan Zhang, from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, and colleagues used a linked dataset of Chronic Condition […]Continue Reading ...
UK pharmaceutical companies are stockpiling medicines in case Britain crashes out of the EU Britain’s drugs industry said Friday it is stockpiling medicines to guard against a chaotic Brexit, but urged the EU to do more to protect patient lives on both sides of the Channel. The action by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical […]Continue Reading ...
This image provided by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals shows the birth control implant Essure. On Friday, July 20, 2018, the maker of the permanent contraceptive implant subject to thousands of injury reports from women and repeated safety restrictions by U.S. regulators says it will stop selling the device at the end of the year due to […]Continue Reading ...
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