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Mainstreaming Naloxone

Drug News from Preferred Medical … Naloxone medications (the generic naloxone or brand names Narcan and Evzio) are opioid antagonists that block the effects of an opioid in the brain, effectively reversing an overdose from a prescription or illegal opioid. First responders around the country use these drugs on a daily basis (130 people every …
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Flex Your Emotional Intelligence

All of us are dealing with an increase in stressors due to the enormous amount of change over the last few months. The “COVID-normal” dictates more time with immediate family members, less time with people outside our inner circle and significant changes in how we communicate. Quality interactions have never been more important and the …
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Hand Sanitizer Heads-Up

Drug News from Preferred Medical … Since it appears that COVID-19 is going to impact our daily lives into the foreseeable future, continuing good hygiene basics makes sense. Practice social (more accurately, physical) distancing and wear a mask when that is not possible or is required by government, do not touch your face, cover coughs …
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COVID Costs

Originally published in the 2nd quarter 2020 edition of the NCSI Scoop, published by the National Council of Self-Insurers. The costs of COVID-19 are obvious to those paying attention: more than 122,000 deaths (as of June 22), a historic rise in mental health problems (depression, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide), more than 45 …
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#PainSummit2020 Wisdom

I had the privilege of being on the faculty of the International Chronic Pain Virtual Summit that was held on June 18-19, 2020. It was an early start for me in Atlanta each day (4:00am Eastern Daylight Time) but very much worth the investment as every speaker had a deep and unique perspective on how to manage #ChronicPain. …
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#5kForFood and Your Health

Company launches virtual 5K to address food insecurity and health impacts from COVID-19 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 15, 2020) – Preferred Medical, a leading pharmacy benefit manager and ancillary service partner in workers’ compensation, announced a new initiative today to help foster physical and mental health while supporting those with food insecurity as a result of …
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Prepare for the Fall

I think we can all agree that 2020 sucks. But as difficult as the first five months have been, “fall” in the title does not refer to civilization. Instead, it refers to the upcoming season from September 22 through December 21. How can we prepare for the future that is only a hot summer away? …
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Two Precepts for Professional and Personal Relationships

Throughout my life I have been fortunate to have many positive mentors that meant a lot to me in my personal and professional development. They advised me as it related to two important sayings that I am sure many of you have heard. I am also fortunate in my professional business career to continually be …
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A New Combo Drug is Coming

Drug News from Preferred Medical … On February 28, 2020 the FDA approved Advil® Dual Action that combines 250mg of acetaminophen and 125mg of ibuprofen into a single tablet. While over-the-counter (OTC) medications are not as prevalent at workers’ compensation PBMs as prescription medications (including the prescription versions of acetaminophen and ibuprofen), this new all-in-one …
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A COVID-19 WFH (Retro-Pro)Spective

Employers enacted BCP with HR and IT moving PDQ from WAO to WFH for COVID-19 … SMH. The world is filled with acronyms but the most important one right now, for every employer, is WFH (work from home). Because of shelter-in-place restrictions to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19, what used to be optional and selective …
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