Contents tagged with prescription
How to tell a patient you will not refill an opioid prescription: A case study
By the Texas Pain Foundation
Patient T is a 45-year-old male with a history of lower … more
By Tom Banning
Yogi Berra famously said I hate making predictions, especially about the future. It’s particularly painful when those predictions come true as was the case for many of the predictions TAFP made at the outset of the 84th Texas Legislature on how health care issues would fare this session.
Playing to their primary voters, the House and Senate focused attention almost solely on tax cuts, border security, transportation, when and where you can carry a gun, and a host of other mostly inconsequential partisan ideas.more
posted 9.12.14, updated 10.2.14
Pharmaceuticals containing hydrocodone will be reclassified from Schedule III to Schedule II as of Oct. 6, 2014. The Drug Enforcement Administration published the final rule making the change in the Federal Register in August. The change is intended to curb abuse of hydrocodone, but it will require some changes in the way physicians and pharmacists handle these prescriptions. After the reclassification:
- Prescriptions for hydrocodone combinations cannot be faxed or called in to a pharmacy; instead they must be written on the official Schedule II prescription form issued by the Department of Public Safety, or they may be submitted electronically directly to the pharmacy;
- Hydrocodone prescriptions cannot be refilled; they will require a new prescription for each order; and
- Physicians will not be able to delegate authority to prescribe hydrocodone combinations to nurse practitioners and physician assistants outside of hospital or hospice settings.
Answers to prescriptive authority FAQs
With last year’s passage of Senate Bill 406 by Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, prescriptive authority regulations have changed … more
New law makes changes to prescriptive authority
The passing of Senate Bill 406 during the 83rd Texas Legislature revised the Texas Occupations Code with changes that were made … more
Encourage your patients to dispose of unused medications at National Take-Back Event
Abuse and misuse of prescription drugs is a serious problem in the United States, particularly … more
A January 2013 report revealed a disturbing statistic: Nationally, roughly 1 in 22, or 4.57 percent, of people aged 12 and older reported having used pain relievers non-medically in the past year. Texas fares slightly better with a rate of 4.33 percent, placing our state at 17th lowest in the country in our rate of abuse.
Still, this is a grave public health concern. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows that the highest rate of prescription drug abuse occurs in the young adult population. Nationally, 10.43 percent of this group reported misuse of the drugs in 2010-2011 compared to 9.21 percent of Texas’ young adults. In Texas’ 12-17 age group, the rate is 6.03 percent.
Experts have raised many contributors fueling this epidemic. Patients may be more likely to misperceive the safety of these medications since they’re prescribed by doctors and take them under circumstances not recommended by their physician. Also, prescriptions for stimulants and opioids have increased dramatically and are more readily available. Some physicians have said they feel pressure to get high patient satisfaction scores and are more likely now than in previous decades to strive to eliminate pain in their patients rather than conservatively manage it. And, patients more frequently seek out these now well-known medications, whether because they feel they will better treat anxiety, pain, sleep problems, or enhance focus, or for deviant purposes.more
DPS launches online prescription drug monitoring program to curb abuse
The Regulatory Services Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety has developed and launched a … more
Physicians must obtain prior authorization for power mobility devices starting Sept. 1
Beginning Sept. 1, 2012, Texas physicians must receive prior authorization for scooters and … more
Power Mobility Devices Because family physicians prescribe most power mobility devices, but rarely more than two or three annually, your Academy has developed a clinical … more