For chronic pain sufferers, there is a real problem with the abuse of painkillers in the United States. While the number of patients who have a legitimate need for prescription painkillers — 100 million plus — is vastly more than the number of people addicted to painkillers — 11 million — there is a stigma attached to the prescribing, dispensing and utilization of pain medicines.
Pharmasave announced that its pharmacists have been trained to be leaders in providing medication therapy management programs.
Value-based care is driving a number of positive trends within the retail pharmacy sector.
WellCare Kentucky — a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans — is making 1,000 twist-on naloxone nasal atomizers available for free, and pharmacists will provide them to Medicaid recipients and patients who don’t have insurance without a prescription.
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CVS Health’s efforts to dispense opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone without a prescription has already come to 23 states and the company has announced plans to expand to seven more over the course of the summer.
Forbes recently reported on CVS Health’s efforts to curb opioid abuse, highlighting its push to provide naloxone — the drug that reverses an opioid overdose — without a prescription through its pharmacies in 20 states by the end of the year, with plans to do so in all 50 states. The magazine spoke to CVS Health VP professional services Tom Davis about the efforts, and Davis notes that “when dispensing naloxone, our pharmacists counsel patients and caregivers on a number of important points including: identifying an overdose, the importance of calling 911, giving rescue breaths, administering naloxone and remaining with the patient until help arrives.” (Forbes)
The New York Times reports that the number of opioid prescriptions in the United States is falling for the first time since OxyContin hit the market in 1996. (New York Times)
A record number of Americans showed up last weekend to turn in their unused prescription drugs, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency.
The Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016 seeks to increase collaboration between health and enforcement bodies on drug abuse solutions.
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