pharmacists

Many Pharmacists Don’t Use Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, Study Suggests

Many pharmacists are not using monitoring systems designed to reduce prescription drug abuse, a study of Maine pharmacists suggests. The study found only 56 percent of those surveyed used their state system. Most states have prescription drug monitoring systems, which are electronic databases that track prescriptions for controlled substances, including…

Pharmacists Can Impact Opioid Dependence Crisis

Pharmacists are an important but underutilized resource in the fight against prescription drug abuse, according to an expert in addiction pharmacy. Merrill Norton, Pharm.D., D.Ph., ICCDP-D, Clinical Associate Professor of the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, is spearheading a movement to train pharmacists in substance abuse treatment, so they…

Zohydro Maker Assembles Oversight Board Designed to Spot Misuse of Drug

The manufacturer of the recently approved pure hydrocodone drug Zohydro ER (extended release) announced it will assemble an oversight board designed to spot misuse of the drug, the Associated Press reports. The outside group will consist of seven medical, addiction and law enforcement specialists, according to Stephen Farr, President and Director…