Pill counters from Kirby Lester spike due to hydrocodone rules
Nov 18, 2014
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...
FDA endorses safety measures for long-acting opioid painkillers
Jul 11, 2012
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
Jacqueline Vance, RNC, CDONA/LTC
Jun 13, 2012
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
Jun 13, 2012
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
Oct 08, 2010
Long-term care pharmacies have generated some hot news lately.
In big move, DEA allows nurses to relay pain medication prescriptions to pharmacies
Oct 07, 2010
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
Sep 21, 2010
Federal and state policies hinder the disposal of unused controlled drugs.
Senate committee addresses drug laws that hamper nursing home care
Mar 25, 2010
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
Jan 20, 2010
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.