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Archive for December, 2012

British official calls for restrictions on the number of fentanyl prescriptions

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

A British health official has called for a reduction in the number of fentanyl patch prescriptions in order to reduce the chance that it may be taken illegally by drug users. Ed Freestone, the chief pharmacist for the island of Guernsey, said that the fentanyl pain patch was frequently used by drug addicts as an alternative to heroin, and that restricting the use of the patch could help to reduce the harm caused by opioid abuse. (more…)

New York audit finds painkiller prescribing errors are rampant despite new regulations

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

An audit by New York state health regulators has uncovered more than 325,000 prescribing errors for painkillers and other drugs with the potential for abuse. The audit covered approximately 28.5 million prescriptions that were dispensed in the state of New York over a 15 months period. (more…)