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Ensuring judicious use of opioids is effective in curbing abuse of the powerful painkillers, UMass Medical School expert says

Keeping doses of opioid pain medications to their lowest effective levels – not costly reformulations that make the pills harder to crush and snort – may be more effective overall in curbing abuse of the powerful painkillers, says Tyson Thompson, PharmD, of UMass Medical School’s Clinical Pharmacy Services.

Cost containment is just one part of a high-quality opioid management program, UMass Medical School pharmacist says

Amid a nationwide opioid addiction crisis, payers must look well beyond simply containing costs and work closely with doctors who are prescribing these powerful pain medications, says Tyson Thompson, PharmD, a clinical consultant pharmacist at UMass Medical School.

Managed Healthcare Executive: Deep Medicaid cuts could make opioid epidemic worse, UMass Medical School expert warns

States could wind up dealing with “massive” damage if there are deep cuts in federal health funding that helps pay for opioid addiction treatment, UMass Medical School’s Tyson Thompson, PharmD, tells Managed Healthcare Executive. Thompson and Kimberly Lenz, PharmD, clinical pharmacy manager in UMass Medical School's Office of Clinical Affairs, discussed the most pressing issues surrounding opioid use and misuse with Managed Healthcare Executive for the story, “14 things Trump needs to know about opioids.”

Clinical pharmacists to present on pediatric behavioral health medication trends, Massachusetts opioid epidemic at MCPHS University

Clinical pharmacists from UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division will discuss trends in pediatric behavioral health medication and the pharmacist’s role in responding to the Massachusetts opioid epidemic at MCPHS University’s Pharmaceutical Care Days Dec.5 and 6 at the Worcester campus.