Narcotics

Narcotics locker released

Narcotics locker released

MedixSafe M2 Vanguard has released the M2 Narcotics Locker, which allows tracking to help providers have a complete narcotics inventory log.

Meds not dispensed without valid scrips, PharMerica says

Meds not dispensed without valid scrips, PharMerica says

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Long-term care pharmacy giant PharMerica dispensed controlled narcotics without valid prescriptions and charged Medicare, the federal government alleges in a False Claims Act lawsuit. The company "vigorously" disputes the claims.

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.

Nursing home group criticizes proposed painkiller dispensing legislation

Nursing home group criticizes proposed painkiller dispensing legislation

Newly proposed legislation aimed at easing painkiller-dispensing regulations in nursing homes is being loudly condemned by the American Health Care Association.

New legislation would ease nursing home painkiller regulations

Proposed legislation would allow nursing home staff — acting on a physician's verbal instructions — to order and administer controlled medications to patients in urgent need of pain relief.

Agency's crackdown on drug thefts hurts nursing home residents, senators say

The Drug Enforcement Agency's efforts to combat narcotics abuse and theft in nursing homes actually negatively affect those residents and hospice care patients who need pain medications, two senators recently argued.