Expertise
Recent Opioid Legislation: What it means for payers  |  June 28, 2018

For the past 18 months, the Trump Administration and Congress have been working feverishly to continue the fight against the nation’s opioid epidemic, and the House has spent the last several weeks discussing more than 50 bills, all of which focus on advancing treatment and recovery initiatives, improving prevention, protecting communities, and bolstering efforts to…

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Opioid, Pain & Chronic: How 3 Words Can Impact Our Solutions  |  December 21, 2017

In order to successfully offer clinicians and patients the highest quality pain care resources and tools, our solutions need to be informed by the latest evidence-based research. To do this, our data science and analytics team curates an extensive library of relevant literature, which is then used to define our methodology and inform capabilities like…

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Substance Use Disorder and the Holidays  |  December 8, 2017

Although it should be a time of joy, many families will face tough situations this holiday season on account of a devastating drug epidemic   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drug overdoses killed approximately 64,000 people in the US last year, rising more than 22% compared to 2015’s 52,404 recorded…

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Misconceptions around Medication-Assisted Treatment: a Pharmacist’s View  |  May 24, 2017

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s recent comments regarding medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) have received significant backlash from the healthcare community, prompting hundreds of healthcare and research professionals to sign a letter urging him to reconsider his statements. Price asserted that MAT involves substituting one addiction for…

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April 29th is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day  |  April 28, 2017

This coming Saturday, April 29th, is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, part of the DEA’s National Take-Back Initiative. Take-Back Day is the easiest and safest way to dispose of unused medications. It’s free, anonymous, and available to anyone with access to a drop off location. Take-Back Day collection sites accept prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, pet medications,…

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Naloxone: Awareness, Access, and Stigma  |  April 10, 2017

Naloxone, also known as Narcan or Evzio, is a drug that temporarily reverses respiratory depression from opioid overdose.  State laws vary, but naloxone is often available without a prescription from a pharmacist and comes as an injectable or nasal spray.  First-responders, including paramedics, police officers, and firefighters, carry naloxone, but the law enforcement and behavioral…

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