Some States Limiting Prescribing of Opioids

Some States Limiting Prescribing of Opioids
Some states are limiting how opioids are prescribed, in an effort to reduce the number of deaths from prescription painkillers, The New York Times reports. These states are frustrated by a lack of action by the federal government. Last week legislators in Massachusetts passed a measure that would limit opioid prescriptions to a seven-day supply after surgery or an injury. The Massachusetts Medical Society supported the seven-day limit on opioid prescriptions. “Usually we are opposed to carving anything in stone that has to do with medical practice,” said Dr. Dennis Dimitri, President of the Massachusetts Medical Society. “But we are willing to go forward with this limitation because we recognize this is a unique public health crisis.” Vermont and Maine lawmakers are considering similar measures. Governors are scheduled to meet this summer to develop a plan to reduce the use of opioids painkillers, the article notes. “If we could adopt...
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AMA Urges End to Direct-to-Consumer Advertising for Prescription Drugs

AMA Urges End to Direct-to-Consumer Advertising for Prescription Drugs
The American Medical Association (AMA) recently called for an end to direct-to-consumer advertising for prescription drugs and implantable medical devices, according to CBS News . The ads contribute to increasing costs, and lead to patient demand for inappropriate treatment, the group says. “Today’s vote in support of an advertising ban reflects concerns among physicians about the negative impact of commercially driven promotions and the role that marketing costs play in fueling escalating drug prices,” AMA Board Member Dr. Patrice Harris said in a news release. “Direct-to-consumer advertising also inflates demand for new and more expensive drugs, even when these drugs may not be appropriate.” Drug manufacturers spent $4.5 billion for ads in the last two years, a 30 percent increase, according to the AMA. Prices for prescription drugs rose almost 5 percent this year, the article notes. “Patient care can be compromised and delayed when prescription drugs are unaffordable and...
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