Drug Enforcement Agency
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.
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.
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.
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.
Long-term care pharmacies have generated some hot news lately.
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.
Federal and state policies hinder the disposal of unused controlled drugs.
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.
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.