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How often are opioids for chronic pain truly misused?

More than 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain, and treating it can be challenging for physicians. Doctors often resort to the use of chronic opioid therapy, which has increased substantially in recent years. A group of researchers recently reviewed 38...

source: By Dorothy L. Tengler
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Results released from the Pharmacy Workforce Center's 2014 National Pharmacist Workforce Survey indicate that pharmacists are performing more patient care activities in a variety of healthcare settings, and spending less time in the traditional...

source: Reuters

Female pharmacists have fared well in the pharmacy profession. Last year more women were practicing pharmacy or working in a pharmacy-related career than their male counterparts, 83.9 percent versus 65.2 percent, respectively.

source: Drug Topics

The Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) recently announced it would investigate price increases for generic drugs in the Medicaid drug rebate program.

source: Drug Topics

Last week, 64 members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House urged Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell to adopt at least a one-year transition period for states to implement the April 2015 average manufacturer...

source: NACDS

Far more people in the USA use heroin than a decade ago, a study from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found.

source: USA Today

On April 21, 2015, State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy Executive Director Steven W. Schierholt, Esq., announced that the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has begun daily reporting of all prescription controlled substances dispensed...

source: State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy


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