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January 14, 2019

Combination pharmacotherapy effectively treats chronic low back pain but increases patient risk

A recent meta-analysis of twelve randomized controlled trials found that combination pharmacotherapy outperforms monotherapy and placebo for pain relief of chronic low back pain. However, patients receiving combination pharmacotherapy had an 80% greater risk for an adverse effect compared to placebo and a 40% greater risk for an adverse effect compared to patients receiving monotherapy. [Learn More]

January 4, 2019

New poll describes older adults’ experiences with opioid prescribing

The National Poll on Healthy Aging found that 1 in 4 older adults report filling an opioid prescription within the last 2 years. Yet only 59% report talking to their provider about when to reduce the amount of medication. Further, only 13% reporting disposing of the medication properly while 86% kept the medication in case they had pain again.  [Learn more]