Medication Management

May 21, 2018
Safe Disposal of Unused Medications
Improper disposal of both prescribed and over-the-counter medications is an environmental concern—and a potential liability issue if the medicines are taken by others and then cause harm.

Jun 06, 2017
Prescribing Opioids Safely
Howard Marcus, MD, FACP
Dr. Howard Marcus discusses guidelines and recommendations for preventing opioid misuse and addiction in patients with acute or chronic pain.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

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
Roneet Lev, MD, Chief of Scripps Mercy Emergency Department, Chair of Prescription Drug Abuse Medical Task Force, and President of Independent Emergency Physicians Consortium
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
Roneet Lev, MD
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
David B. Troxel, MD, Medical Director, Board of Governors
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, Patient Safety Risk Manager II, and Richard Cahill, JD, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, The Doctors Company.
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.

Mar 01, 2014
Globalization and Counterfeit Drugs
Thomas T. Kubic, Treasurer, Partnership for Safe Medicines, and Susan Shepard, MSN, RN, Director, Patient Safety Education, The Doctors Company
Protect yourself and your patients from the consequences of receiving or distributing non-FDA-approved drug products.
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.

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.

Sep 01, 2011
Medication Safety
Susan Shepard, MSN, RN, Director, Patient Safety Education.
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.

Jun 22, 2010
Dilaudid-Related Morbidity and Mortality from Respiratory Depression
Howard Marcus, MD, FACP, a general internist in Austin, Texas, and chairman of The Doctors Company Physician Advisory Board in Texas.
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.

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