Tag: opioid abuse

HHS Will Drop Buprenorphine Waiver Rule for Most Physicians

Federal officials on Thursday announced a plan to largely drop the so-called X-waiver requirement for buprenorphine prescriptions for physicians in a bid to remove an...

Shared Medical Appointments May Bridge the Opioid Treatment Gap

Shared medical appointments (SMAs) are an acceptable way to receive treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD), new research suggests. In a survey study, participants attending...

Reworked OxyContin Fails to Cut Overall Abuse, FDA Panel Says

The long-awaited post-marketing studies of the abuse-deterrent formulation (ADF) of OxyContin (Perdue Pharma L.P.) received mixed reviews from a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

Opioid Use Reduced by 20%, but What About Patients With Cancer?

Regulations to curb opioid abuse might be blocking legitimate access by cancer patients who need opioids for pain, according to a review of Medicare prescription...

AMA Urges Change After Dramatic Increase in Opioid Fatalities

In the past 5 years, there has been a significant drop in the use of prescription opioids and in deaths associated with such use; but...

FDA Requiring Opioid Labels to Urge Naloxone Co-prescribing

In a long-anticipated policy change, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will now require manufacturers of opioids to urge clinicians toco-prescribe the overdose antidote...

High Rate of Stimulant Use in Opioid ED Cases

Nearly 40% of hundreds of opioid abusers at several emergency departments tested positive for stimulants, and they were more likely to be white than other...

Too Many Children Receive Opioids for Pneumonia and Sinusitis

A significant percentage of children receive opioids and systemic corticosteroids for pneumonia and sinusitis despite guidelines, according to an analysis of 2016 Medicaid data from...

ED Docs Willing, But Not Ready, to Give Buprenorphine for OUD

Few emergency department (ED) physicians in the US are ready to prescribe buprenorphine to patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) in this setting, new research...