Doctors, not friends, source of many opioids

Share this article:

Pain-pill users who abuse opioids are more likely to get their medications from doctors than from friends or family. Modern Healthcare reports that a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine showed that 27% of frequent users for reasons other than pain got their medications right from the medical source, whereas 26% of those surveyed between 2008 and 2011 got their pills second-hand.

Painkiller abuse has been a top-line concern for the last several years, with hallmarks like the controversial approval of the hydrocodone drug Zohydro, which has been slammed by 28 attorneys general, an FDA advisory panel and a citizens group called FedUp!

Efforts to curtail drug access include a New York prescriber database that the Associated Press reports has limited doctor-shopping.

Share this article:
You must be a registered member of MMM to post a comment.
close

Next Article in Business Briefs

Email Newsletters

MM&M EBOOK: PATIENT ACCESS

Patient access to pharmaceuticals is a tale of two worlds—affordability has improved for the majority, while the minority is hampered by cost, distribution and red tape. To provide marketers with a well-rounded perspective, MM&M presents this e-book chock full of key insights. Click here to access it.

More in Business Briefs

Novartis said to be stepping out of HCV

Novartis is said to have relinquished rights to an investigational hep. C treatment, signaling its exit from the therapeutic space, according to a former partner's announcement.

Monday Moves: September 15

Hires and promotions for manufacturers, regulatory and agencies

Kantar acquires Evidências, expands Brazilian presence

The company's acquisition signals the growing importance of understanding the Brazilian healthcare market and evidence-based healthcare management services.