Most US patients on opiate painkillers prescribed dangerous drug cocktails


Nearly 60% of patients taking prescription opiate painkillers are prescribed potentially dangerous drug combinations, according to a study released today by Express Scripts, by a prescription drug management company.

“There could be instances when prescribing these combinations of drugs is appropriate, but not at this scale,” said Lynne Nowak, a doctor with Express Scripts, a St Louis, Missouri-based company that processes more than 1bn prescriptions each year. “The fact that the majority of these patients are being treated by multiple physicians and pharmacies signals a communication breakdown that leads to dangerous use.”

A summary of the report, A Nation in Pain, can be found here.


i don’t doubt it. and some are probably playing the system for all it’s worth.


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