Medication Management

APR 20, 2017
The Opioid Epidemic: Resources and Insights
The dramatic increase in opioid use over the past few decades has resulted in an opioid-related epidemic of addiction and death. These expert resources, including data analysis that shines a light on trends in opioid claims, can help address this important issue.

APR 17, 2017
Prescribing Opioids Safely: How to Have Difficult Patient Conversations
Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., and opioids account for over 60 percent of those deaths. Building a strong doctor-patient rapport can help facilitate tough conversations with patients about opioid prescriptions and reduce risks that could lead to malpractice suits.

MAR 16, 2017
San Diego Death Diaries
Dr. Roneet Lev provides insights into the prescription opioid abuse epidemic.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

MAR 16, 2017
Analysis of Medication-Related Claims from The Doctors Company
Dr. David Troxel reviews 1,770 closed by The Doctors Company in which patient harm involved medication factors.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

MAY 23, 2016
Know Your Source: Protect Your Patients and Your Practice from Unsafe Medications
Susan Marr, MSA, LHRM, CPHRM, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, The Doctors Company
There is a growing network of rogue wholesale drug distributors selling potentially unsafe drugs in the U.S. market. To combat this threat, the FDA has launched the Know Your Source campaign to ensure physicians are aware of the problem and to help them play their part in protecting the integrity of the U.S. drug supply chain.

DEC 01, 2015
In-Office Dispensing
Susan L. Marr, MSA, CPHRM, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, and Debbie Hill, MBA, LHRM, Patient Safety Risk Manager II
In-office dispensing saves the patient time and increases convenience, as well as reduces pharmacy call backs and provides additional revenue for the practice.

SEP 22, 2015
Are Your Prescribing Practices Secure?
Prescription theft and abuse is a real and growing problem, making it imperative for physicians to protect themselves and their practices.

JAN 01, 2015
Off-Label Use: Patient Safety and Risk Management Implications
Kim Hathaway, MSN, CPHRM, and Richard Cahill, JD
The standard for appropriate off-label use of medications and other products is what other similarly trained physicians would do, not what the manufacturer of the medication or product recommends.

JUN 06, 2014
Disposing of Unused Drug Samples
Improper disposal of drug samples is a potential liability issue if the medicines are taken by others and then cause harm. Learn how to safely dispose of unused medications.

MAR 01, 2014
Globalization and Counterfeit Drugs
Thomas T. Kubic and Susan Shepard, MSN, RN
Protect yourself and your patients from the consequences of receiving or distributing non-FDA-approved drug products.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

MAY 24, 2013
David B. Troxel, MD
PDR+, an application designed to facilitate compliance and enhance existing electronic health record platforms, is available at no cost to providers.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

FEB 20, 2013
When Prescribing Drugs, a Physician Has a Duty to Warn Patients
The prescribing physician, not the drug manufacturer, has the responsibility or "duty to warn" a patient of a prescription drug's side effects.

NOV 27, 2012
REMS: Opioid-Related Patient Safety and Liability
David B. Troxel, MD
The FDA's Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) program addresses the epidemic of adverse events related to the inappropriate prescribing, misuse, and abuse of long-acting opioids.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

OCT 30, 2012
It Hurts: The Patient with Noncancer Pain
Susan Shepard, MSN, RN, and Howard Marcus, MD, FACP
Physicians who treat acute and chronic pain need to be comfortable and secure in their competency and cognizant of the correct dosing guidelines, which may have dramatically changed in the past decade.

JUN 26, 2012
Effective Informed Consent: Fostering a Dialogue
Effective informed consent requires a dialogue with the patient wherein they feel comfortable fully participating by asking clarifying questions and offering personal concerns.

APR 16, 2012
Medication-Related Errors and Liability: What Can You Do?
David B. Troxel, MD
This article outlines strategies for mitigation of medication-related errors.

SEP 01, 2011
Medication Safety
Susan Shepard, MSN, RN
Medication safety is a critical component of safe patient care, whether it is general medication knowledge or a provider's awareness of all medications that a patient is taking.

SEP 01, 2011
A Tragic Lesson in Drug Safety
David B. Troxel, MD
This case study highlights the dangers of not being fully knowledgeable about a prescribed medication.

JUL 26, 2011
Medicine Is an Open Book Exam
Howard Marcus, MD, FACP
Dr. Howard Marcus outlines a case of acute salicylate poisoning and how point-of-care knowledge tools could have improved the outcome.

JUN 22, 2010
Dilaudid-Related Morbidity and Mortality from Respiratory Depression
Howard Marcus, MD, FACP
Patient safety organizations and the FDA are focusing on ways to reduce patient harm from opioids.

JUN 02, 2010
Sample Medications
Physicians have the same duty of care to patients receiving samples as they do to patients being given prescriptions.

JUN 01, 2010
Focusing on Selection and Management of Therapy
Robin Diamond, JD, RN, and Susan Shepard, MSN, RN
Claims dealing with selection and management of therapy illustrate how ineffective communication and lack of coordination of care play an important role in adverse events.

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