A growing trend in our industry is “Physician Dispensing.” This is when a medical provider sells the drugs from their office instead of writing a prescription and sending them to the pharmacy. Some companies will go to physician offices and set up “vending machines” with the most common drugs to be sold. Then physicians get
WCRI recently completed a great study on long-term opioid use. You can read a summary of the study here. I found the following points from the study of most interest: • More frequent and longer-term use of narcotics may lead to addiction and increased disability or work loss. Nearly one in 12 injured workers who started narcotics were
Rising has focused a lot on the health issues caused by an increase in opioid prescriptions and over medication. This article shows how destructive prescription drugs can be, not just to the user, but to society in general.Drugged driving is way up in Michigan (and I’m sure other states). While drunk driving has gone down 25 percent in MI,
I’ve done a number of blogs on how the prescription drug epidemic, particularly opioids, has taken a toll on America. It’s an issue that’s so damaging that I wanted more in depth research so that Rising could craft an effective solution. In this newly published white paper, “Fighting the Rx Epidemic: A Prescription for Workers’
A great article on the Prescription Drug Epidemic was recently released in the September Issue of Risk & Insurance. It’s written by Rising’s Leslie Yeransian who attended the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit earlier this year and interviewed a number of experts who are trying to fix the epidemic. The article features some new technology Rising has developed, and has
The Food and Drug Administration rejected their own expert panel’s recommendation that medical doctors be required to have special training before they could prescribe long-acting narcotic painkillers that can lead to addiction. The AMA has fought this measure, saying it would be too burdensome for their members to be required to be trained before prescribing these drugs.
More people are dying each year due to prescription drugs than cocaine and heroin combined. These non-illicit drugs are costing us more than $400 billion a year for healthcare, loss of job wages, traffic accidents, and criminal system costs. We no longer have a problem with prescription drugs, we have an epidemic, namely with pain