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The Risks of Acetaminophen Overuse for Workers’ Compensation Patients and Payers

Acetaminophen is a common over-the-counter medication used to reduce fever and alleviate minor to moderate pain. In many households, it is the go-to medication for minor complaints including headaches, backaches, menstrual cramps, and general flu symptoms. While acetaminophen, also known as paracetamol outside the U.S., is a safe and effective medication when used correctly, it’s …
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The Quest for New Pain Medications: Developments in Non-Opioid Painkillers Offer Hope for Pain Relief without Addiction

The opioid crisis has been a significant public health concern, leading to changes in formulary guidelines regarding opioid use. In response, scientists worldwide are intensifying their efforts to develop non-opioid painkillers. This article explores these efforts and the promising alternatives on the horizon. Emerging Non-Opioid Painkillers In response to the danger of opioid use and …
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Proven business leader joins Preferred Medical as Executive Vice President

Louisville, KY (February 1, 2024) – Jeffrey R. Pirino today joins Preferred Medical as its Executive Vice President of Business Development. With more than 25 years of experience in sales and customer service, Pirino has a proven track record in selling, leading, and managing high-performing sales and customer success teams. In this role, Pirino will …
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Managing Comorbidities in Older Adults: Healthy Lifestyles and Safer Workplaces

Summary In the US, people are living longer and healthier lives, which allows them to work for more years. Increasingly, employers are recognizing the value of older workers and are implementing policies to attract and retain them. Flexible work hours, part-time positions, and phased retirement are several of the accommodations that attract older workers or …
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Where Have All the Generic Drug Opportunities Gone?

Summary For traditional generic drugs, the current pharmaceutical pipeline is drying up. In an article we published last November, we referenced that 65% of all new drug launches would be specialty drugs by the end of 2023. This is important as new generic drug conversion opportunities will diminish over the next few years. How does …
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Comorbidity and Aging: Direct Impact on Workers’ Compensation Claims

Summary: Comorbidities and aging can have a significant impact on workers’ compensation claims. The aging workforce in the United States, combined with medical inflation and the higher possibility of comorbidity in older workers, is a driving factor in rising claim costs. Workers’ compensation payers can mitigate these challenges by being alert to the complex nature …
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How Workers’ Compensation Payers Can Navigate Specialty Drugs

With advancements in science and technology in the past 30 years, a distinct trend has emerged in the pharmaceutical industry. Pharmaceutical manufacturers have expanded their pipelines to launch new ‘specialty’ drugs designed to treat rare, complex, chronic diseases like cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis. What follows is an overview of the specialty drug market …
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Could There be a Medication that Combats Acute Pain Without Serious Systemic Side Effects Like Addiction?

While the national Opioid Crisis is ongoing, we have made significant progress as a nation in finding alternatives for Workers’ Compensation patients suffering from both Acute and Chronic pain. Another milestone may have been achieved with Vertex’s announcement of a potentially transformative medication for the treatment of pain without serious systemic side effects such as …
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Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Mandates Registered Physicians and Healthcare Providers Complete 8-hour CME Training on the Treatment and Management of Patients with Opioid or Other Substance Use Disorders

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is a U.S. federal law enforcement agency, under the U.S. Department of Justice, charged with combating illicit drug trafficking and distribution within the U.S. Established in 1973, the DEA is 50 years old this year and has been enforcing the controlled substance laws and regulations through a variety of programs …
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