Dealing with Prescription Drug Shortages 

Posted by Meaghan Byrne, PharmD., CPE & Frank Pallaria, RPh on Feb 12, 2018 12:12:06 PM

Why do drug shortages occur and what should a patient do if his or her medication is in short supply?

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Topics: Clinical

Why Naloxone Rescue Kits are Being Co-Prescribed with Opioids

Posted by Meaghan Byrne, PharmD., CPE & Frank Pallaria, RPh on Jan 17, 2018 10:21:41 AM

The United States is facing a public health crisis with the overdose rate involving opioids. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that in 2016 the number of deaths involving a prescription opioid were five times higher than in 1999.

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Topics: Clinical, Pain Management

American Chronic Pain Association: Resource Guide to Pain Management

Posted by Kristina Freyou, PharmD on Jan 3, 2018 8:05:00 AM

It is difficult to know how to move forward once chronic pain has altered someone’s life. It often seems like all that is needed is the right medication or treatment to take away the pain to improve their function. But sometimes that is not enough - especially in the instance of chronic pain. Medication, injections, or surgery sometimes only provide minimal relief. However, there are many other treatment approaches to chronic pain to provide better results.

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Topics: Clinical, Pain Management

The Removal of Opana ER from the Market and the Evolution of Abuse Deterrent Long-Acting Opioids

Posted by Meaghan Byrne, PharmD., CPE & Frank Pallaria, RPh on Dec 20, 2017 9:15:00 AM

The United States is currently facing an epidemic of opioid abuse and overdoses. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) cites over 183,000 deaths from 1999-2015 due to opioid overdoses. This epidemic, also referred to as the opioid crisis, stems from the overprescribing of opioids, recreational misuse, and the gateway of prescription opioids to more illicit drug use, such as heroin. How did we get to this point and what is being done to prevent misuse of opioids? To better understand the exponential growth of opioid use, we must look at the evolution of long-acting opioids and how these drugs have shaped current prescribing trends and medication approval rates.

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Topics: Clinical

What is a Controlled Substance?

Posted by Kristina Freyou, PharmD on Nov 30, 2017 9:15:00 AM

Do you need a prescription for your medication or can you just purchase it at a local store? Is your medication a controlled substance with certain restrictions on how it can be prescribed or filled? Understanding drug categorization is at times a frustrating and confusing topic for patients.

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Topics: Clinical

Pain Management: How to Set Attainable Goals

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Oct 19, 2017 10:50:55 AM

Each person has unique needs, wants, and expectations when it comes to managing pain effectively.  What improvement means to one person may not be what it means to the next.  It is important for the person in pain to work with their health care providers to set their own individual goals.  Making sure those goals are attainable is one of the keys to any successful pain management plan. The CDC and the American Chronic Pain Association recommend setting goals to help control your own progress and provide a framework for making decisions regarding your pain treatment plan.  Here are some tips on how to set goals for pain and pain management. 

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Topics: Clinical

5 Things You Should Be Discussing With Your Pharmacist

Posted by Meaghan Byrne, PharmD., CPE & Frank Pallaria, RPh on Oct 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Are you asking your pharmacist the right questions? With more than half of Americans taking at least one prescription medication, it’s important to stay informed about medication side effects, drug-on-drug interactions and ways to improve medication adherence.

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Topics: Clinical

The Nightmare of Sleeping with Chronic Pain

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Sep 19, 2017 11:22:07 AM

Trying to get good sleep when you have chronic pain is often a challenge.  A 2015 Sleep in AmericaTM poll found that people with pain are likely to report daily sleep problems.  In fact, sleep complaints are reported to be present in 67-88% of chronic pain disorders. Whether pain prevents you from sleeping or interferes with your quality of sleep, chronic pain can be a nightmare for some people.

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Topics: Clinical

5 Myths About Chronic Pain Treatment

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Aug 31, 2017 11:02:39 AM

When it comes to treating chronic pain, pain lasting longer than 3 months or past the time of normal tissue healing, there are a lot of opinions, ideas and misinformation out there.  While there is still much to be studied about the treatment of chronic pain, we do have data to help dispel common myths about chronic pain treatment.

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Topics: Clinical

Voluntary Removal of Opioid Opana ER from the Market

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Aug 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. recently released news that it will voluntarily remove Opana ER from the market, with planned shipments slated to end September 1, 2017.  This news follows the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) June 2017 request to withdraw Opana ER from the market due to risks related to abuse. 

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Topics: Clinical

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