Are Tamper Resistant Drugs a Way to Curb the Opioid Epidemic?

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Feb 23, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Tamper resistant and abuse deterrent opioid formulations are designed to make drugs difficult or less desirable to use in any manner other than how they were prescribed.  The formulations make them harder to crush, chew, cut, dissolve, inhale, inject, or less rewarding if done so, thus deterring use in many of the ways they are abused.   With the goal of combatting the opioid epidemic, the “FDA is encouraging the development of opioid formulations with abuse-deterrent properties”.

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Topics: Clinical, Pain Management

Tips For Tapering Medication

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Feb 8, 2017 10:26:07 AM

It’s become clear that excessive use of opioids is a problem.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prescription opioids are considered a driving force in the 15-year increase in opioid-related deaths with 91 Americans dying every day from an opioid overdose. What can be done to decrease these overdoses? Many factors and opinions play into the decisions around how best to tackle this problem.

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Topics: Clinical, Pain Management

Happier Patients Tend to Have Better Recovery Outcomes

Posted by Kellie Collier on Dec 22, 2016 4:24:08 PM

Can a positive demeanor have an effect on a person’s recovery? More and more studies are linking a patient’s optimistic attitude to quicker recovery times for injuries, surgeries and illnesses.  

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Topics: Pain Management

If Not Opioids - Then What?

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Dec 16, 2016 11:30:17 AM

78 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. These staggering statistics have brought about several initiatives aimed at reducing the prescribing of opioids and limiting their availability to the masses. At the same time, chronic pain continues to be a common health problem - especially for injured workers. The balance of aggressive chronic pain treatment with the need to minimize the risks of opioids has left several people wondering what the future of opioids and pain management will look like.

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Topics: Clinical, Pain Management, Workers' Compensation

Informative Healthcare Resources You Can Use

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Dec 6, 2016 12:51:52 PM

Within the last decade, the internet has become a mecca of information. More and more people are turning to the web to find helpful information with the push of a button. But with so much content to sort through, how do people recognize valuable and factual information?

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Topics: Clinical, Pain Management, Workers' Compensation

U.S. Surgeon General Releases Report on Impact of Substance Abuse

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on Nov 28, 2016 10:31:44 AM

Last week, the U.S. Surgeon General released a first of its kind report on the impact of substance abuse in America. The results were staggering.  These days, more people in America use prescription opioids than use tobacco, and more people suffer from a substance abuse disorder (including opioids and alcohol) than people with cancer. 

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Topics: Pain Management, Workers' Compensation

Helping Injured Workers From Injury Through Recovery

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Nov 17, 2016 10:18:28 AM

Chronic pain affects about 1 out of every 4 people in the U.S. at a cost of about $600 billion per year. Pain has become a widespread problem that we at IWP care about improving.

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Topics: Pain Management, Clinical, Insider

Work Comp Pharmacy: A Front-Line Prospective

Posted by IWP on Nov 10, 2016 8:30:00 AM

At the heart of every workers' compensation claim is an injured worker who is seeking the benefits that will help them return to work quickly and without issue. Over the past few years, we've seen several trends within work comp aimed at improving patient care and lowering overall costs.

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Topics: PDMP, Clinical, Pain Management, Workers' Compensation, Pharmacy Care Management

6 Things to Think About Before Taking an Opioid

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Nov 8, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Opioids have become a topic that, we as a nation, are learning not to take lightly. At IWP, we strive to empower people to make informed decisions about their medications. Specifically, when considering opioids for chronic pain, there are important considerations to take into account to help ensure they are used only when their benefits outweigh their risks.

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Topics: Clinical, Pain Management, Pharmacy Care Management

Managing and Treating Neuropathic Pain

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Oct 21, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Chronic pain can come in many different forms. Somatic, visceral and neuropathic pain are just a few types of pain that an estimated 100 million Americans suffer from. Neuropathic pain, or nerve pain, continues to be a significant medical issue, as a reported 7-8% of adults currently have chronic pain with neuropathic characteristics.

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Topics: Clinical, Pain Management

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