of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) has accepted two abstracts on
tapering patients off opioids and benzodiazepines for poster
presentations at its Annual Meeting and Expo, April 1-4. PRIUM,
a medical intervention company focused on reducing unnecessary and
dangerous medications in workers' compensation, sponsored the research.
"We commissioned this systematic review of current literature regarding
tapering guidelines while developing resources for individualized
tapering plans for injured workers," said PRIUM Senior Vice President
Annesha White Lovett, PharmD, MS, PhD, an assistant professor at Mercer
University, and Kimberly Vernachio, PharmD, RPh, presient of Vernachio
Managed Care Consulting, will present the posters at AMCP. They, along
with John Suttner, PharmD Candidate at Mercer University, conducted the
research and wrote two papers, "A Review of Tapering Strategies to
Improve Appropriate Use of Opioids in Patients Undergoing Pain
Management Therapy," and "Developing an Algorithm for Tapering
Benzodiazepines in Patients Using Pain Management Therapy." Also, AMCP
awarded the opioid poster a Silver Medal for its relevance, originality,
quality, bias, and clarity.
"There is very little consensus on tapering strategies for both
benzodiazepines and opioids," said Dr. Vernachio. "The literature for
each class of drug indicates that taper rates vary widely and that
tapering must be individualized to consider the psychological and social
support for each patient."
The AMCP Annual Meeting and Expo will be held at the Tampa Convention
Center April 1-4. For more information, please see www.amcp.org.
An Ameritox solutions provider, PRIUM sets the industry standard for
workers' compensation medical interventions through its ability to
secure higher agreement rates and to help ensure compliance with
modified treatment plans. The hallmark of the medical intervention
company's success is a collaborative physician engagement process
encompassing evidence-based medicine, clinical oversight, and
jurisdictional guidelines to facilitate optimal financial and clinical
outcomes. PRIUM helps eliminate unnecessary treatment through a
comprehensive approach that includes complex medical interventions,
utilization reviews, urine drug monitoring, and independent medical
exams. Based in Duluth, Ga., PRIUM can be reached at prium.com or
888.588.4964. For insight on workers' compensation medical issues, read
PRIUM's blog at www.priumevidencebased.com.
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