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Xerox tackles opioid abuse in Mo.

BY David Salazar

NORWALK, Conn. — Xerox announced this week that it would be continuing its partnership with MO HealthNet, Missouri’s Medicaid division, to help combat prescription drug abuse by coordinating patient care between providers, MO HealthNet and pharmacists. 
 
Using Xerox’s prescription clinical authorization tool, pharmacists can investigate whether a patient recently received an opioid prescription and will receive a notice to acquire prior authorization before dispensing it. 
 
“Missouri does not have a statewide, electronic prescription drug monitoring program, so physicians and pharmacists have limited visibility into other medications a patient has received,” Janelle Sheen, pharmacy solutions director and government healthcare solutions at Xerox, said. “We help eliminate that blind spot by providing data and alerts that reduce doctor and pharmacy hopping while improving the coordination of care.”
 
Additionally, Xerox uses Mo HealthNets claims data to send alerts to doctors whose patients seem to be receiving prescriptions from other sources, sending notifications about almost 1,500 patients that might have been abusing opioids. The alerts take the form of letters suggesting doctors re-evaluate the patients treatment. According to Xerox, the number of patients flagged dropped by 73.9% in six months. 
 
“There are legitimate reasons why a person may require opioids to manage their pain, but unfortunately this type of medication is often abused for a variety of reasons from dependency to diversion for profit,” said Steve Calloway, director of pharmacy, MO HealthNet. “The solution Xerox provides helps us ensure our members have access to the prescriptions they need while preventing adverse events associated with opioid abuse, ultimately saving lives and improving health outcomes.”

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Egalet introduces first IR oxycodone designed to discourage abuse

BY Lesley Thulin

WAYNE, Pa. — Egalet Corporation on Thursday launched (oxycodone HCI) in the U.S.

An immediate-release oral formulation, Oxaydo is intended to manage acute and chronic moderate to severe pain where the use of an opioid analgesic is appropriate, Egalet said.The company said it is one of the first immediate-release oxycodone tablets designed to discourage abuse by snorting.

"Now with Oxaydo available, physicians will have an immediate-release oxycodone option that's designed to discourage abuse with no food effect," Deanne Melloy, Egalet's chief commercial officer, said. "Our dedicated sales force will begin promoting Oxaydo immediately, in addition to promoting Sprix, a nasal spray form of ketorolac, to healthcare providers focused on pain."

Nearly 11 million people reported using opioids non-medically in the past year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. With abuse often beginning from a legitimate prescription, nearly 70% of abused opioids are taken from a friend or relative, the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health said. Snorting is one of the most common means of abusing immediate-release, single-agent oxycodone.

But Oxaydo discourages intranasal abuse through a patent-protected formulation that may cause nasal burning, Egalet said. Six times more recreational users reported that they would not take the drug again, compared to the subjects exposed to immediate-release oxycodone.

"Because single-agent, immediate-release oxycodone is one of the most frequently abused opioids, Oxaydo is an important addition to our arsenal of treatment options to help patients manage their pain while discouraging abuse," Dr. Sri Nalamachu, president and medical director of International Clinical Research Institute, said.

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Mission Pharmacal relaunches Lithostat

BY David Salazar

SAN ANTONIO — Mission Pharmacal announced Friday that it would be relaunching its Lithostat (acetohydroxamic acid) kidney stones treatment. The reintroduction comes as part of a partnership with a French company that supplies the drug’s active ingredients and a distribution arrangement with specialty supplier Transition Patient Services.

“The partnership with TPS enables Mission to provide a patient-friendly service and to make Lithostat available with a consistent and convenient delivery method,” Mission Pharmacal’s executive director of urological and specialty sales Steve Gornto said. “Now everyone knows how and where to get the product and related information. Mission can serve Lithostat patients and do so in an efficient way.” 

The company said that the arrangement with TPS would allow its team to reach out to urologists and nephrologists with literature on the drug and provide more information about the kidney stone treatment and how to fulfill orders for Lithostat.

“With the relaunch, Mission is doing everything we can to stand behind the patient and physician to help make sure the people who rely on Lithostat get the therapy they need,” Gornto said. 

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