Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Cut Opioid Use

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Cut Opioid Use
Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Cut Opioid Use

WEDNESDAY, June 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Implementation of prescription drug monitoring programs can reduce the prescribing of Schedule II opioids, according to a study published in the June issue of Health Affairs.

Yuhua Bao, Ph.D., from the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, and colleagues examined the effect of state prescription drug monitoring programs on the prescribing of opioid analgesics and other pain medications using data from a national survey. Data were included for prescribing in ambulatory care settings at the point of care in 24 states from 2001 to 2010.

The researchers found that there was a more than 30 percent reduction in the rate of prescribing of Schedule II opioids associated with implementation of a prescription drug monitoring program. The reduction was seen immediately following the program launch and persisted through the second and third years. Limited effects were seen on overall opioid prescribing and prescribing of non-opioid analgesics.

"Increased use of these programs and the adoption of new policies and practices governing their use may have contributed to sustained effectiveness," the authors write. "Future studies are needed to evaluate the policies' comparative effectiveness."

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

Trending Activities

All Professions

More in Home

Basivertebral Nerve Ablation Beneficial for Chronic Back Pain

Basivertebral Nerve Ablation Beneficial for Chronic Back Pain

Improvement in self-reported outcomes at three months in patients with chronic lumbar back pain

FDA Approves Trulance for Chronic Idiopathic Constipation

FDA Approves Trulance for Chronic Idiopathic Constipation

Drug designed to stimulate secretion of intestinal fluid

ECG Could Be Used As Password for E-Health Record Access

ECG Could Be Used As Password for E-Health ...

Researchers say heartbeat could serve as a secure 'password' for patient's electronic medical history

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »