Report highlights ‘exemplary research’ to improve drug quality, safety among older adults
Dec 06, 2023
From electronic medical records to pharmacists to geriatricians, there are various ways to help reduce the use of inappropriate medications among older adults. A new report published Dec. 1 in the Journal...
DEA appears ready to allow some providers expanded telehealth prescribing rights
Jessica R. Towhey
Aug 09, 2023
The US Drug Enforcement Agency will consider relaxing its rules on prescribing controlled substances via telehealth appointments, a move that could ease concerns of long-term care providers administering...
Nursing home study reveals ‘dramatic’ fluctuations in prescribing of COVID-19 meds
May 26, 2023
Investigators tracked the use of COVID-19 medications in 11 U.S. nursing home chains, describing prescribing patterns that shed new light on the challenges of pandemic clinical care.
Survey: U.S. neurologists would prescribe Leqembi if fully approved
Apr 12, 2023
A “healthy proportion” of surveyed neurologists have already begun prescribing the treatment, and nearly all said they planned to do so if traditional FDA approval is granted.
FDA no longer requires positive COVID-19 test to prescribe Paxlovid, Lagevrio
Feb 01, 2023
The FDA on Wednesday made it easier for clinicians to prescribe these antiviral drugs in cases where transmission is evident and the patient is at high risk of severe illness.
With education and a doc’s OK, most seniors agree to deprescribe unneeded meds: study
Jan 10, 2023
Seniors are willing to take their doctor’s advice to discontinue an unneeded medication after viewing an educational video, investigators say.
Use of common hospice drugs varies widely by state, highlighting limited guidance
Aug 16, 2022
Antipsychotics prescribing rates, for example, ranged from 62% for hospice beneficiaries in Oregon to 15% in Oklahoma, investigators say. Five states topped the prescriptions list.
Study pinpoints prescribing practices that may raise disability risk for LTC residents
Alicia Lasek (f3)
May 19, 2022
Polypharmacy and the use of drugs with sedative or anticholinergic properties were tied to increased odds of functional disability and the need for LTC services.
CDC loosens controversial opioid prescribing guidelines for chronic pain
Feb 14, 2022
Draft revisions no longer include specific dosage ceilings. This and other changes address controversial elements of the older guidance and highlight clinicians’ roles in opioid prescribing decisions.
Clinician ‘inertia’? Many still favoring warfarin over safer direct-acting anticoagulants
Dec 07, 2021
Many clinicians participating in the Medicare Part D program have continued to prescribe warfarin over direct-acting oral anticoagulants, despite evidence that the latter drugs are safer and more effective...