More than 1,000 people per day receive treatment in emergency rooms across the country for misusing prescription opioids. And approximately 115 Americans die daily from opioid overdose.
Statistics like these have spurred calls for action, and federal policymakers are taking note.
In particular, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently proposed new strategies to address opioid overuse in Medicare Part D. Among other changes, CMS’ proposal includes dispensing limits and safety edits, which allow pharmacists to verify before dispensing additional medicine that a particular patient won’t be exceeding the maximum daily dose.
Read more at Institute for Patient Access.