Pharmacytimes: Condition Center: Pain Management Pain Management en-us Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:19:41 UTC Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:19:41 UTC DEA Alerts Nation to Fentanyl Risk In response to a recent resurgence in fentanyl abuse, the DEA today issued a nationwide alert about the dangers of the drug, describing it as a threat to health and public safety. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:59:00 UTC Pharmacist Roles Expanding in Chronic Disease Management From optimizing inhaler technique in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, to catching red flags when dispensing controlled substances to patients with chronic pain, pharmacists can improve patient outcomes in an evolving treatment landscape. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 08:30:00 UTC Bleeding Risk Boosted When NSAIDs Added to Antithrombotics After Heart Attack Even short-term treatment with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs is associated with significant increases in bleeding and cardiovascular event risk in patients receiving antithrombotic therapy after a heart attack. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:07:00 UTC Opioids Dispensed in High Doses Linked to Depression Dispensing higher opioid doses to chronic pain patients could trigger depression. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 06:00:00 UTC Narcotics Commonly Dispensed for Children with IBD Narcotics are not recommended for managing chronic pain in children with inflammatory bowel disease, due to gastrointestinal side effects and potential dependence. Nevertheless, researchers have uncovered that long-term narcotic use is more than twice as prevalent in pediatric IBD patients compared with the general population. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 06:00:00 UTC Pharmacist, Former Mayor Gets Prison Time for Illegally Dispensing Painkillers A former mayor of a West Virginia town wasn’t in the news for a ribbon-cutting ceremony or participating in a council meeting. Instead, the ex-mayor and registered pharmacist was sentenced to prison for illegally dispensing thousands of prescription pain pills. Fri, 06 Feb 2015 03:00:00 UTC Community Pharmacists Improve NSAID Risk Awareness Community pharmacists can identify and educate patients at high risk for acute kidney injury related to use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 UTC Opioids for Chronic Pain: More Harm Than Help With Americans’ use of opioids increasing, a panel from the National Institutes of Health set out to measure the drugs’ effectiveness in treating long-term chronic pain, and its report suggested that the risks outweigh the benefits. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:39:25 UTC OTC Painkiller Labels Don’t Properly Inform Caregivers Most caregivers cannot make informed decisions about OTC painkillers based on information provided in the products’ labels and inserts. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:00:35 UTC Pharmacy Tech Pleads Guilty to Stealing 48,000 Painkillers A female hospital pharmacy technician in Georgia has pleaded guilty to stealing and conspiring to distribute more than 48,000 highly addictive prescription painkillers. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 03:21:47 UTC Key Considerations for Treating Delirium in the ICU John W. Devlin, PharmD, FCCM, FCCP, a clinical pharmacist in the medical ICU at Tufts Medical Center, discusses key considerations for treating delirium in the ICU. Thu, 25 Dec 2014 03:21:35 UTC What 1 Pharmacist has Learned from Using Sedation for Pain and Delirium in Critically Ill Patients John W. Devlin, PharmD, FCCM, FCCP, a clinical pharmacist in the medical ICU at Tufts Medical Center, discusses what he's learned from using sedation for pain and delirium in critically ill patients. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 12:46:26 UTC Current Practice Guidelines for Pain, Delirium that are Important for Pharmacists John W. Devlin, PharmD, FCCM, FCCP, a clinical pharmacist in the medical ICU at Tufts Medical Center, discusses current practice guidelines for pain and delirium that would be important for pharmacists. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 02:34:23 UTC Pharmacist Shoots, Injures Robber Wielding Realistic-Looking Gun When a would-be robber entered a pharmacy in Wyoming with what looked like a real gun, a pharmacist behind the counter reached for his firearm and injured the suspect by shooting him, according to the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 03:52:01 UTC Opioid Abuse Higher Among College Avoiders Skipping college seems to contribute to prescription painkiller abuse. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 02:01:01 UTC Prescription Painkillers Implicated in Most Overdose Admissions Roughly two-thirds of emergency department admissions for overdoses involve prescription opioid medications. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:01:01 UTC OTC Analgesics May Reduce Depression Symptoms Used alongside antidepressants, OTC analgesics and anti-inflammatories purchased from pharmacies may effectively treat patients with depression without increasing their risk of adverse events. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:59:47 UTC Purdue Pharma Enhances Opioid Education for Pharmacists The transdermal buprenorphine manufacturer has launched an awareness campaign to address specific knowledge gaps among pharmacists that pertain to opioids. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:43:30 UTC Despite DEA Accommodation, Many Pharmacies Prohibit Hydrocodone Refills Although pharmacies can legally dispense remaining refills of prescriptions for rescheduled hydrocodone combination products submitted prior to October 6, 2014, over the next 6 months, many drug chains have chosen not to honor those refills. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 04:42:36 UTC IBS Patients Process Gut Pain Signals Differently Patients with irritable bowel syndrome cannot block pain signals from the gut as easily as those without the gastrointestinal condition. Wed, 08 Oct 2014 02:14:01 UTC