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Improving Access to Naloxone - Yes, Pharmacists (Nar)CAN!

Improving Access to Naloxone - Yes, Pharmacists (Nar)CAN!

August 2, 2019

The opioid overdose epidemic, primarily driven by potent synthetic opioids, has rapidly intensified in recent years.  Overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND) efforts appear to have a positive impact on opioid-overdose mortality. As many states continue to expand naloxone access through various legislation efforts, it’s important to identify which laws have the greatest impact on reducing fatal opioid overdoses. 

Guest Authors:  Scott Coon, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP and Matthew Thomas, PharmD

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Treating Opioid Use Disorder - X:BOT Offers a Pragmatic Approach

Treating Opioid Use Disorder - X:BOT Offers a Pragmatic Approach

March 30, 2018

Opioid-use disorder (OUD), a risk factor and major contributor to opioid-related deaths, is often underdiagnosed and undertreated.  Currently there are three FDA-approved pharmacologic treatments for OUD maintenance therapy: methadone, buprenorphine (with or without naloxone), and naltrexone.  Despite definitive evidence that methadone and buprenorphine products are effective in the treatment of OUD, there are still considerable accessibility and availability barriers that patients face when seeking Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). The EXtended-release naltrexone vs Buprenorphine/naloxone for Opioid Treatment (X:BOT) trial compared the efficacy and safety of XR-NTX and BUP-NX to induce and maintain a patient with OUD on MAT as well as reducing opioid overdoses, relapses, and cravings.

Guest Author:  Jordan L. Wulz, PharmD, MPH, BC-ADM, CHC

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Painstaking Efforts to Improve Opioid Stewardship

Painstaking Efforts to Improve Opioid Stewardship

November 10, 2017

Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50.  In 2016, the United States (U.S.) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a seminal guideline for primary care clinicians regarding opioid prescribing. These guidelines are now being implemented by clinicians, insurers, and healthcare institutions. The Transforming Opioid Prescribing in Primary Care (TOPCARE) study sought to assess the impact of a multicomponent care management intervention on opioid stewardship in four primary care centers.

Guest Authors:  Lucas Hill and Jennifer Shin

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Opioid Safety and Overdose Prevention

Opioid Safety and Overdose Prevention

October 21, 2016

While narcotic analgesics remain a mainstay for the treatment of acute and chronic pain, urgent care visits and deaths from opioid overdoses have skyrocketed.   Our panelists are Dr. Lucas Hill from the University of Texas at Austin and Jeffrey Bratberg from the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Hill practices in a primary care setting and maintains the iForumRx  Opioid Safety and Overdose Prevention Resource Page.  Dr. Bratberg helped develop, implement, and expand the Collaborative Pharmacy Practice for Naloxone Partnership in Rhode Island. Drs. Hill and Bratberg describe how healthprofessionals - particularly ambulatory care pharmacists - can take action to improve the safe use of opioids and prevent overdoses.