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Pill counters from Kirby Lester spike due to hydrocodone rules

Pill counters from Kirby Lester spike due to hydrocodone rules

Kirby Lester, a retail pharmacy automation provider, saw an increase in demand for for its KL1 and KL1Plus pill counters during October, the company reported, reflecting the Drug Enforcement Agency's reclassification of the widely prescribed hydrocodone combination products to Schedule II.

FDA endorses safety measures for long-acting opioid painkillers

Companies that manufacture opioid painkillers must underwrite training and educational programs for the physicians who prescribe them, according to a new federal safety measures announced Monday.

Once again the war on drugs forgets LTC

Once again the war on drugs forgets LTC

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A proposed reclassification of painkillers is one more example of how the long-term care setting gets left out of policy discussions, and frail elders will pay the price.

Senator presses U.S. Attorney General on nursing home painkiller legislation

Senator presses U.S. Attorney General on nursing home painkiller legislation

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Lawmakers pushed U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder to work more expediently with the Drug Enforcement Agency to resolve delays in the dispensing of painkillers in nursing homes.

Two good prescriptions for long-term care pharmacies

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Long-term care pharmacies have generated some hot news lately.

In big move, DEA allows nurses to relay pain medication prescriptions to pharmacies

In big move, DEA allows nurses to relay pain medication prescriptions to pharmacies

The Drug Enforcement Agency has eased off of restrictions that have prevented nurses in long-term care from communicating prescription orders for controlled pain medications to pharmacies.

The Catch-22 of controlled drug regulations

The Catch-22 of controlled drug regulations

Federal and state policies hinder the disposal of unused controlled drugs.

Senate committee addresses drug laws that hamper nursing home care

The Senate Special Committee on Aging Wednesday held a listening session on ways federal rules on controlled substances negatively affect the ability of nurses to care for nursing home residents.

Federal government hampers research on marijuana as pain management medication, news reports find

The value of marijuana as a pain-management medication is still unclear as the government continues to discourage research into the effects of the drug, according to a pair of news items.