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Lessons learned from the California doctor convicted of murder after prescribing deadly combination of medications.
Using prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), states are trying to affect real changes in prescription drug misuse, abuse, and overdoses. The Prescription Behavior Surveillance System (PBSS) is designed to compile de-identified epidemiological data on misuse behaviors.
Pain clinicians can take a lesson from a high-profile lawsuit—take time for yourself to avoid burnout and the “us vs them” scenario of high-stress practices.
A group of pain specialists have been working behind the scenes for the past 5 years to develop a National Pain Strategy (NPS), the fruit of their labor is now available for public comment.1,2 Practical Pain Management applauds the work of the taskforce and their recomme
States are increasingly playing a regulatory role when it comes to opioid medications to prevent opioid abuse and diversion. New Mexico's program emphasizes patient-provider relationship over regulatory "dosage thresholds."
States are increasingly playing a regulatory role when it comes to opioid medications. Dr. Stephen J. Ziegler discusses balancing the needs of the state with the needs of chronic pain patients.
New York State enacts I-STOP, which is designed to curb prescription drug diversion by requiring physicians to send all prescriptions electronically (e-prescribe).
How one patient/doctor relationship spawned a interdisciplinary collaboration of clinicians and law enforcement members.
Share the Risk model is an example of successful collaboration among interdisciplinary teams of clinicians and law enforcement to mitigate professional risks while improving patient care.
How to pain practioners keep patient trust during changing times: Affordable Care Act, insurance coverage changes, politics?
Dr. Jeffrey Fudin responds to Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP) in this exclusive report from Practical Pain Management.
An interview with Jennifer Bolen, former Assistant US Attorney, about her role in clearing a doctor of criminal charges for high-dose opioid prescribing.
John F. Peppin, DO, FACP, tackles the debate surrounding urine drug monitoring in pain patients.
Question: What do you do with the patient who tests positive for marijuana on a urine test? Dr. Jennifer Schneider answers this Ask the Expert question.
What are a doctor's legal obligations if he or she suspects a patient of doctor shopping? This Ask the Expert question is answered by a lawyer and an addiction specialist.