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.
As many as 54% of patients using topical treatments in the 3-month group de-escalated the use of concurrent pain medications compared to 4% in the untreated groups.
When the expansion is complete, medication disposal kiosks will be available in approximately 1,500 Walgreens stores nationwide.
LexisNexis Health Care’s Bobbie Riley writes about the importance of properly identifying patients picking up opioid prescriptions, and how technology can make the step easier for pharmacists, as well as an opportunity to build a patient relationship.
PUTTING A FACE ON PAIN MANAGEMENT
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Omron’s advanced Heat Pain ProTENS Unit integrates a heating component because it aids in pain management and end users understand its effectiveness.
The drug is an opioid indicated to manage moderate to severe pain in patients requiring continuous around-the-clock pain opioid analgesia for an extended period of time.
Research from CVS Health Research Institute and Johns Hopkins University is looking at how algorithms can be used to help identify signs of patients misusing and abusing opioids.
Forthcoming efforts from CVS Health include expanding the availability of medication disposal units in CVS Pharmacy locations, new management approaches from CVS Caremark and additional patient education from its pharmacists, among others.
In its first year, Walgreens' safe medication disposal kiosk program has resulted in the collection and disposal of 72 tons of unwanted medication, or the equivalent weight of about 40 midsize cars.
Kansas is now the 43rd state where CVS Pharmacy patients can access naloxone without a prescription.