Author: Doug Gould

CVS to limit painkiller prescriptions to a 7-day supply

Shamard Charles M.D. CVS Pharmacy will limit opioid prescriptions to a seven-day supply for certain conditions, becoming the first national retail chain to restrict how many pain pills doctors can give patients. This new policy means new customers with acute short-term pain will only be able to receive a week’s worth of opioid painkilers with a single prescription. When filling prescription for opioid pills, pharmacists will also be required to talk to patients about the risks of addiction, secure storage of medications in the home and proper disposal, the retail pharmacy chain said Thursday. It’s all part of an effort by the nation’s largest drug store chain to cut the skyrocketing addiction rate. The move by CVS to limit prescription opioids like OxyContin or Vicodin to a seven-day supply is a significant restriction for patients — the average pill supply given by doctors in the U.S. increased from 13 days in 2006 to 18 days 2015, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We have some situations, in which we feel that there are certain physicians who are prescribing way too high of doses and way too strong of medications,” said Dr. Troyen Brennan, chief medical officer for CVS Health. “We’ve got an epidemic on our hands, and we’ve got clear evidence that, if we restrict access to these medications, more than we’re doing so right now, we’ll reduce...

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Anchor of HOPE

  We are so excited and thrilled to announce that Scott & Michelle Ashpole will be taking over as leaders of FFR’s Parent & Family Member Support Group beginning Monday October 2nd. Over the last 2 years FFR has been providing support to families in our community that have loved ones caught in addiction. Due to the overwhelming growth of this service, we felt the need to provide our families added support. Scott & Michelle bring with them a wealth of experience as well as first hand knowledge in this area, as they know what it feels to have...

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