Jun 19, 2017, 19:28 PM
Independence Blue Cross Updates Opioid Prescribing Policies, Including Prior Authorization
Effective July 1, 2017, insurer Independence Blue Cross will limit initial opioid
prescriptions to five days and require preauthorization if additional days’
supply is needed.
Mar 8, 2017, 18:31 PM
Pa. Updates Medicaid's Medication Rules in Effort to Address Opioid Abuse
On March 6, 2017, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced changes to the medication rules for the state’s Medicaid program. He said the changes are part of Pennsylvania’s ongoing efforts to combat opioid abuse.
Feb 8, 2017, 18:46 PM
Pa.’s Law on Prescribing Opioids to Minors
Find out more about the law's provisions and the consent form that prescribers need to comply with the law.
Dec 5, 2016, 19:30 PM
Opioid Abuse Resource Center
PAMED, in collaboration with other stakeholders, has developed several resources to help Pennsylvania physicians combat the growing opioid abuse epidemic.
Nov 3, 2016, 18:43 PM
Gov. Wolf Signs Opioids Legislation into Law — What Should Physicians Know?
On Nov. 2, 2016, Gov. Wolf signed a package of opioids legislation designed to further address the commonwealth's opioid abuse crisis.
Sep 16, 2016, 18:43 PM
FDA Announces ‘Black Box’ Warnings on Risks of Combining Opioids and Benzodiazepines
On Aug. 31, 2016, the FDA announced that it is requiring boxed warnings (also known as "black box warnings") about the dangers associated with the combined use of certain opioid medications and benzodiazepines.
Sep 8, 2016, 18:36 PM
Pa. Announces 25 Additional “Centers of Excellence” Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Centers
Here's a look at a few noteworthy developments concerning the opioid abuse crisis that impact the Commonwealth.
May 18, 2016, 19:40 PM
7 Questions to Ask Your Physician About Opioids
Patients need to work with their physicians to be smart, safe and sure about their opioid use. PAMED resources include seven questions patients should ask their physician as well as a list of wher
May 18, 2016, 18:35 PM
PA Physicians Discuss Addiction Treatment, PDMPs, and Alternative Treatment Options for Chronic Pain at Opioids Symposium
PAMED and specialty society leaders attended our Opioid Symposium on May 17, 2016. This followed a busy day at the state Capitol during which physicians met with legislators to discuss PAMED's "Be Smart. Be Safe. Be Sure" campaign.
May 17, 2016, 18:41 PM
Lawmakers: Help Educate and Protect the Citizens in Your Legislative District From Opioid Abuse
Legislators can educate citizens in their district with these posters and ready-made stories/images for inclusion in their newsletter, website and social media pages.
May 16, 2016, 19:14 PM
Opioids for Pain: Be Smart. Be Safe. Be Sure.
To fight opioid abuse in Pennsylvania, PAMED has created a public advocacy program called: Opioids for Pain: Be smart. Be safe. Be sure.
May 16, 2016, 18:42 PM
5 Steps Physicians Can Take to Fight Opioid Abuse Crisis
Learn five ways physicians can take the lead in addressing opioid abuse and misuse with their patients. PAMED has also created printable tear-off sheets and waiting room posters for physicians to