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Pharmacy And Health Partners Announce ONE Rx Program To Help Prevent Opioid Misuse

Preliminary estimates released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show a nearly 7% increase in drug overdoses in 2017, with more than 72,000 deaths. Of the total deaths, almost 68% of them were tied to opioid use. A new statewide program in North Dakota called ONE Rx aims to stem opioid misuse by increasing awareness when patients first fill an opioid prescription.

ONE (which stands for opioid and naloxone education) Rx is an innovative approach to screen and educate patients who receive prescribed opioid medications in participating community pharmacies in the state of North Dakota.

In an earlier pilot program with 107 participants in eastern North Dakota, 26% of patients identified at some risk of opioid misuse. Approximately 30% of patients in the pilot study identified at risk of accidental overdose.

The ONE Rx project is a collaborative effort of the North Dak

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Autoinjector Shortage? Alternatives Are Available

Autoinjectors are in especially high demand as the new school year begins. Reports of a shortage of EpiPens have been surfacing lately as parents attempt to stock up on the epinephrine autoinjectors for school, home, backpacks and grandma’s house.

The manufacturer of EpiPen, Mylan, has been dealing with manufacturing issues since May, and the device was placed on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) list of drug shortages.

The good news is that alternative devices are readily available. These include Auvi-Q and Adrenaclick. If you find that you are having issues filling your EpiPen prescription, call your allergist for help.

“Your allergist will be able to prescribe you an alternative autoinjector,” explained Bradley Chipps, MD, FACAAI, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). “They can also teach you how to use them, as each device works dif

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Statins Associated With Improvement Of Rare Lung Disease


In the first study of its kind, researchers have found that cholesterol-lowering statins may improve the conditions of people with a rare lung disease called autoimmune pulmonary alveolar proteinosis. The research also suggested that two new tests could help diagnose the condition.


Autoimmune pulmonary alveolar proteinosis is a rare syndrome affecting 1 in 150,000 people worldwide. The condition stems from an abnormal accumulation of an oily substance made up of cholesterol, phospholipid and proteins in the air sacs, or alveoli, of the lungs. The buildup occurs because cells called alveolar macrophages, which normally help clear out the substance, do not function properly.

When the air sacs become clogged, patients develop shortness of breath and, potentially, respiratory failure. Currently, the only treatment is “whole lung lavage,” an invasive procedure perform

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Johns Hopkins Experts Create Opioid Prescribing Guidelines For 20 Common Surgical Procedures

A Johns Hopkins expert panel of health care providers and patients have announced what is, to their knowledge, the nation’s first set of operation-specific opioid prescribing guidelines. The guidelines are based on the premise that opioid prescribing limits should be based on the operation performed rather than a blanket approach. The ranges offered for each of 20 common operations generally call for reductions from the current rates of opioid prescription, and the researchers say that patients themselves favor using less of the drugs than physicians often prescribe.

In a report published August 14 in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, the researchers explain the process of consensus reached by 30 surgeons, pain specialists, outpatient surgical nurse practitioners, surgical residents, patients and pharmacists.

“Prescriptions for pain meds after surgery should be custom ta

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