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ABC News: Can we nudge our way to responsible opioid prescribing?

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“The researchers looked at 48 million people in Medicare populations between 2007 and 2016. Rates of opioid use did slow down within the later years, but the doses are still higher than they previously were and there has been no reduction in overall prescribing rates in the Medicare group. This is despite increased awareness and attention to opioids. When the status quo isn’t working — and it isn’t — we need new approaches. Those nudges from different angles might be a good place to start, and we have to learn what works and what doesn’t in changing prescribing decisions.”

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TIME: A New Study Shows Just How Much Doctors Prescribe Opioids

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“Overall, 25.1% of these patients received an opioid prescription, the researchers found. The average opioid prescription was relatively low-dose and supplied about 15 pills, or enough for three days, but a small number received prescriptions equivalent to more than 30 tablets of mid-strength oxycodone — which the Drug Enforcement Administration says has ‘high potential for abuse.'”

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Penn Medicine News: Nudging Doctors to Prescribe Cholesterol Lowering Statins Triples Prescription Rates

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“’Health systems around the country often use patient dashboards to monitor clinical outcomes, but there is little evidence on the best way to engage clinicians to use these dashboards to address gaps in care,’ said study lead author Mitesh S. Patel, MD, MBA, an assistant professor of Medicine and director of the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit. ‘We found that nudges which asked clinicians to make an active choice on statin prescriptions and delivered feedback on how each clinician’s performance compared to their peers led to a significant increase in statin prescription rates.’”

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The Washington Post: A quarter of adults with sprained ankles were prescribed opioids in the ER, study shows

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“Opioid prescriptions written by emergency-room doctors are responsible for a small portion of the vast amount of narcotic painkillers consumed by patients each year. Most prescriptions come from primary-care physicians. There were about 215 million prescriptions for the drugs in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

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The Hindu: Why and how we eat

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“Paul Rozin, who has been studying the psychology and culture of food, says, ‘Food is not just nutrition that goes in your mouth or even pleasant sensations that go with it. It connects to your whole life. And it’s really a very important part of performing your culture and experiencing your culture…The general view in most of the people who work on hunger is that hunger comes when, you know, your body reserves are low…Now, there’s some truth in that, of course, but there are many other higher-order things…'”

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US News: Sprained Ankle? Opioid Rx More Likely in Some States Than Others

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“The researchers focused on ankle sprains in the study because they’re common and because ‘there is good consensus that opioids should be rarely used to treat this, given other strategies are just as — or more — effective for controlling pain,’ explained study author Dr. M. Kit Delgado. He’s an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia.”

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Health Affairs: Addressing Out-Of-Pocket Specialty Drug Costs In Medicare Part D: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, And The Ignored

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“Solving the problem of high out-of-pocket cost burden will require a multipronged approach. Even sizeable decreases in very high specialty drug list prices are unlikely to lead to major improvements in access without instituting an annual out-of-pocket maximum and paying significant attention to the timing and magnitude of out-of-pocket costs under the current Part D structure. Options are available to redistribute and alleviate current out-of-pocket cost burden without substantially increasing overall costs.”

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The Inquirer: Opioid pills for a simple sprained ankle? It’s a thing in some states, Penn researchers find

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“Many states have responded to the national opioid epidemic by limiting how many pain pills doctors can prescribe, contributing to the decline in opioid prescriptions filled at pharmacies across the country. But a Penn study, published Tuesday in Annals of Emergency Medicine, suggests that to truly tackle the opioid epidemic that has strained communities like Philadelphia, states may need a more granular approach.”

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