Opi­oid 7-day limit call

Pharmacy Daily - - NEWS -

DRUG pre­scribers through­out the USA should es­tab­lish a sev­en­day sup­ply limit for ini­tial opi­oid pre­scrip­tions, which should also be writ­ten elec­tron­i­cally to slow the abuse of the ad­dic­tive painkillers, a group of phar­ma­cies, phar­macy ben­e­fit man­agers and health plans wrote in a let­ter to US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump this week, re­ports Mod­ern Health­care

The group also rec­om­mended ex­plor­ing opi­oid treat­ment al­ter­na­tives, low­er­ing dosages as well as the num­ber of ex­tend­e­drelease pills pre­scribed, im­pos­ing closer over­sight on pre­scrip­tion drug-mon­i­tor­ing data, ex­pand­ing drug dis­posal pro­grams, and bol­ster­ing com­mu­nity-backed med­i­ca­tion treat­ment pro­grams.

The rec­om­men­da­tions align with Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion guide­lines.

“We stand com­mit­ted to en­gage in a pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship and to work in the most col­lab­o­ra­tive fash­ion across the health­care sys­tem to help solve the na­tional health­care cri­sis of opi­oid abuse,” the com­pa­nies wrote.

Another em­pha­sis of the group was the use of opi­oid al­ter­na­tives, mak­ing ref­er­ence to the newly re­leased : D pub­lished pa­per (PD Wed) which showed that a com­bi­na­tion of ibupro­fen with parac­eta­mol works just as well as a com­bi­na­tion of any of three dif­fer­ent opi­oids with parac­eta­mol.

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