Navigation Links
'Doctor Shopping' Tied to Fatal Prescription Drug Overdoses

FRIDAY, Sept. 14 (HealthDay News) -- People who visit multiple doctors and pharmacies to get medications are at greater risk of dying from a prescription drug overdose, according to a new study.

Drug-monitoring programs might help identify patients who engage in what's known as "doctor shopping" or "pharmacy shopping," the researchers said.

"These programs currently exist in most states, and efforts are under way to create one large program that would compile the controlled-substance prescription data from all participating states," Marie Abate, a professor at the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy and faculty affiliate in the university's Injury Control Center, said in a university news release.

One such program, the West Virginia Controlled Substance Monitoring Program (CSMP), collects information on every controlled-substance prescription filled in the state. The study authors examined the CSMP information along with data on drug-related deaths that occurred between July 2005 and December 2007 from the Forensic Drug Database.

The researchers identified nearly 700 people aged 18 and older who had died. Of these, about 25 percent were doctor shoppers, and nearly 17.5 percent were pharmacy shoppers.

About 20 percent of the doctor shoppers also were pharmacy shoppers, and nearly 56 percent of pharmacy shoppers were doctor shoppers. Young people and those who had more prescriptions filled were more likely to die of drug-related causes, the researchers noted.

Pharmacists should regularly consult the CSMP when patients attempt to fill a prescription for a controlled substance, such as opioids, Abate said.

"This allows pharmacists to determine if patients had recently filled similar prescriptions at different pharmacies or from different physicians," she explained. "While patients might appropriately see different physicians to treat a medical problem or condition, there should not be overlapping prescriptions for similar medications within the same time frame."

The researchers also advised greater communication and collaboration between doctors and pharmacists.

"Ways of tackling the problem at a broader level might be to hold periodic joint meetings of both local physician and local pharmacy organizations to specifically discuss possible strategies for reducing and detecting doctor and pharmacy shopping in their area," Abate added. "Doctors and pharmacists could also collaborate to present community seminars to help educate the public about the dangers of misusing or abusing opioids and other potentially addicting medications."

The study was published in a recent issue of the journal Medical Care.

More information

The U.S. National Institutes of Health has more about prescription drug abuse.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: WVU Healthcare and West Virginia University Health Sciences, news release, Sept. 6, 2012

Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Study finds doctors have exaggerated fears when starting patients on insulin
2. Doctors Detail High Costs of Fighting Malpractice Claims
3. Callahan honored for improving older adults health in their doctors offices
4. A fish a day keeps the doctor away?
5. Doctors Urge Routine Skin Screenings
6. AMA committee recommendations on doctor fees set by Medicare are followed 9 times out of 10
7. Doctors Restore Some Hand Function to Quadriplegic Patient
8. Men Can Still Ask for PSA Test, and Some Should, Doctors Say
9. Female Doctors Earn Less Than Male Counterparts: Study
10. Male doctors make $12K more per year than female doctors
11. Is it constitutional for states to regulate pharmaceutical gifts and meals to doctors?
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
'Doctor Shopping' Tied to Fatal Prescription Drug Overdoses
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... 25, 2015 , ... According to an article published November 10th ... widely heralded as a breakthrough for performing hernia repairs. The article explains that the ... is that it can greatly reduce the pain that a patient might otherwise experience ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... ... On November 25, 2015, officials of Narconon Arrowhead , the drug ... a new cutting edge recovery program that has been 50 years in the making. ... individuals with the purpose to free addicts from the symptoms and negative behaviors of ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... , ... On November 23rd 2015 Cozy Products, a division of ... Cozy Products explains what this means for business moving forward. , The Tri Lite ... business model: to sell personal heaters that reduce energy consumption, are economical and keep ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Beddit® has launched a new ... systems. The new app features a more intuitive SleepScore™ that rates sleep quality on ... slept. The SleepScore is created by a proprietary algorithm. Beddit analyzes the data to ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... “While riding the bus, ... from Bronx, N.Y. “I thought there had to be a convenient and comfortable way ... , The PROTECTOR enables disabled individuals to safely travel during cold or inclement weather. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... , Nov. 25, 2015 AAIPharma Services ... investment of at least $15.8  Million to expand ... Wilmington, NC . The expansion will provide ... meet the growing demands of the pharmaceutical and ... site expansion will provide up to 40,000 square ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... -- Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN ) today announced that ... York State Attorney General,s Office to end the ... statutes with the Attorney General over the decision of Forest ... selling the now generic version of memantine immediate release tablets.  ... released its counterclaims against New York , ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... 25, 2015 USP 800 applies to ... (e.g. pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, nurses, physicians, physician assistants, ... chapter also covers all entities which store, prepare, ... other healthcare institutions, patient treatment clinics, physicians, practice ... --> What is the purpose ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: