Pain Management

Boston Medical Center Reduces Opioid Use in Surgical Patients

September 17, 2020

Pharmacists, nurses, and physicians work together to combat the overuse of powerful pain relievers.

FDA OKs Tramadol Hydrochloride Oral Liquid for Pain Management

September 09, 2020

Tramadol hydrochloride (Qdolo; Athena Bioscience) oral solution is indicated for use when pain is severe enough to require an opioid analgesic and for which alternative treatments are inadequate.

APhA, Walmart Provide Free Opioid Training to Pharmacists, Technicians

August 12, 2020

In a collaborative effort, the American Pharmacists Association and Walmart are offering free online training on opioid stewardship to all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

Managing Drug Diversion Amid Pandemic

August 10, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis poses unique challenges for managing controlled substances in hospitals.

FDA Approves Oliceridine for Pain Management in Hospitals, Controlled Clinical Settings

August 10, 2020

The opioid’s indication was based on several randomized controlled trials, where patients reported decreased pain.

HHS Awards Over $101 Million to Tackle the Opioid Crisis

August 06, 2020

The grants are part of the administration’s continuing focus on rural health initiatives.

FDA Releases Guidance To Boost Cannabis Clinical Research

July 27, 2020

Responding to growing interest by industry stakeholders, the agency has offered draft guidance outlining quality considerations and other practical recommendations for cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds.

FDA Recommends Naloxone, Opioid Prescribing Rates Drop

July 27, 2020

Health care professionals should consider prescribing naloxone to patients taking prescribed opioids who are at increased risk of opioid overdose, according to the FDA.

Boston Study Finds Discrimination Against Patients with Substance Use Disorder

July 24, 2020

Eighty-one percent of opioid abuse referrals to post-acute care facilities in Massachusetts were rejected, investigators found.

UMass Memorial Provides Model for Curbside Medication Delivery

July 24, 2020

An inside look at the process from prescription to dispensing.

Psychedelic Medicines for Pain Go Mainstream

July 17, 2020

Once largely stigmatized, illicit substances are breaking into the field of pain management.

Women With HIV and Persistent Depression May Experience Greater Risk for Heart Disease

July 03, 2020

A new study found increased plaque buildup levels in women with HIV who also suffered from persistent depression and stress.

Study Identifies Factors Driving Higher Opioid Prescription Rates in Women

July 02, 2020

Research has found that women receive higher rates of opioid prescriptions than men; a new study identifies why that may be.

NACDS: Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances Should be Mandatory

July 02, 2020

NACDS is urging the Drug Enforcement Administration to make electronic prescriptions for controlled substances mandatory.

Systematic Review Evaluates Cannabis, Cannabinoids in Palliative and Supportive Oncology Care

May 30, 2020

A systematic review of medical cannabis and cannabinoid use in oncology care demonstrated varied results. 

Buprenorphine Dispensing Barriers Among Community Pharmacies in Rural Kentucky

April 29, 2020

A recent study included interviews with pharmacists in rural Kentucky counties regarding pharmacy-level barriers to opioid use disorder treatment.

NSAID-Induced Hepatotoxicity Rare, but Still Important to Note

April 13, 2020

In 2010, nearly 43 million of adults living in the United States, or approximately 20%, took aspirin a minimum of 3 times per week for 3 months or more.

Studies Examine Association Between Opioid Prescriptions and Obesity

April 02, 2020

Obesity may contribute to incident long-term prescription opioid use due to underlying pain conditions.

Opioid Overdose Deaths Decreasing

March 09, 2020

Combating the opioid epidemic is a popular cause, and many organizations, government entities, and health care groups have responded.

FDA OKs OTC Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen Combination Product

March 05, 2020

Advil Dual Action, an ibuprofen and acetaminophen fixed-dose combination, has been approved as an OTC product for pain relief.