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BCBS Alabama to No Longer Cover OxyContin Beginning in 2019

 
BIRMINGHAM, AL – Effective Jan. 1, 2019, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama will no longer cover OxyContin for members with the exception of Blue Advantage members. This is in response to concerns for members’ care and safety.
Since 2015, opioid […]

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Study: Risky Sedative Prescriptions for Older Adults Vary Widely

 
Despite years of warnings that older adults shouldn’t take sedative drugs that put them at risk of injury and death, a new study reveals how many primary care doctors are still prescribing them, how often, and where the practice is […]

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Study: Doctors Reduced Opioid Prescriptions after Learning of Patient Overdose

 
Will clinicians become more careful in prescribing opioids if they are made of aware of the risks of these drugs first-hand? That was one of the core questions researchers set out to explore in a new study published in the […]

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New Interactive Map Shows How Alabama Measures Up in the National Opioid Crisis

 
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2018 – A new interactive data tool launched by the United States Department of Agriculture and NORC at the University of Chicago shows for the first time an in-depth, county-by-county, look at the impact of the opioid epidemic […]

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Congress Passes New Opioid Package; Awaiting Presidential Signature

 
Earlier this week Congress reached agreement on legislation to address the opioid epidemic with the passage of the “SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act,” which President Donald Trump is expected to sign. The legislation touches on almost every aspect of the […]

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AG Steve Marshall, CVS Health Announce Safe Drug Disposal Program in Alabama

MONTGOMERY — Attorney General Steve Marshall joined with CVS Health Chief Policy and External Affairs Officer Thomas Moriarty, Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale, Homewood Mayor Scott McBrayer and Homewood Police Chief Tim Ross to announce a safe medication disposal program […]

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AMA Rep Discusses Partnership with Medical Association during Opioid Council Meeting

MONTGOMERY ─ The Governor’s Opioid Overdose and Addiction Council recently met to discuss reports from various stakeholders and committees, but there was also a special guest speaker. Daniel Blaney-Koen, senior legislative attorney from the American Medical Association, joined the task […]

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U.S. House Passes SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act

In a 396-14 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, or H.R. 6 —bipartisan opioid legislation that aims to curb drug abuse.
Sponsored by Greg Walden, R-Oregon, […]

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What’s at Stake for Medical Professionals in “Pill Mill” Investigations

In an earlier article, I detailed how the DOJ has focused its attention on the aggressive investigation and prosecution of “pill mill” cases.  In this article, I discuss the consequences physicians and other medical professionals potentially face as a result […]

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Reducing Opioid Prescriptions for One Operation Can Have a Spillover Effect to Other Procedures

Study results show revised recommendations resulted in about 17 fewer pills being dispensed per patient for four major operations.
CHICAGO – To curb the use of opioids after major elective operations and prevent these pain relievers from falling into the wrong […]

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