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Opioid crisis declared public health emergency in Virginia

November 22, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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With overdose cases on the rise, the Virginia state health commissioner has declared the opioid addiction crisis to be a public health emergency and issued a standing order that allows all Virginians to obtain naloxone over the counter.

How to add MAT services to your organization

November 14, 2016  |  Brian Albright
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Deciding to add a medical dimension like MAT to an existing program is one thing; actually making the transition is another. The process involves overcoming a number of hurdles that could potentially derail the program.

Higher caps may not increase buprenorphine utilization

November 14, 2016  |  Brian Albright
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Research from the RAND Corporation indicates that few physicians currently prescribing buprenorphine have approached the 100-patient treatment cap, and many of those might be underutilizing the drug.

Fentanyl, carfentanil prompt higher naloxone dosage

October 21, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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Two expert panels have voted to recommend that the FDA increase the minimum dosage of naloxone in the wake of climbing overdose rates involving fentanyl and carfentanil.

Clinicians can now access Pennsylvania PDMP

August 26, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Pennsylvania launched its newly designed PDMP on Thursday, now with oversight by the health department and access granted to clinicians and pharmacists, who by law must use the database in everyday practice.

Employers look to control prescription opioid costs

August 10, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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Large U.S. employers will look to manage prescription benefit costs while also expanding mental and behavioral healthcare benefits in 2017, according to a National Business Group on Health survey.

Navigate the naloxone economy

August 2, 2016  |  Brian Albright
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Simpler delivery mechanisms are making it easier for laypeople to administer naloxone in an emergency, but pricing of the medicine varies widely.

HHS raises buprenorphine cap to 275

July 6, 2016  |  Gary Enos
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Federal leaders estimated that the increase in the cap could allow up to 70,000 more patients to receive buprenorphine for opioid dependence in the first year.

Report: States missing the mark on protecting public from opioid overdose

June 30, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos. Contributing Editor
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The National Safety Council states in a new report that only four states meet five of six indicators of progress in combating the opioid overdose crisis, with no states meeting all six criteria.

North Carolina law allows naloxone without prescriptions

June 21, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a law on Monday creating a statewide standing order allowing pharmacies to dispense naloxone directly to consumers.

Anthem funnels high-risk patients to single pharmacy site

June 1, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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With gaps in prescription drug monitoring databases potentially being exploited, the Pharmacy Home Program for Anthem health plans limits high-risk members’ drug coverage to a single location.

Buprenorphine implant earns long-awaited FDA approval

May 27, 2016  |  Gary Enos, Editor
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Probuphine implants provide a constant, low-level dose of buprenorphine for six months in patients who are already stable in treatment, but cost could be a concern.

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