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CDC guideline for opioid prescribing associated with reduced dispensing to certain patients with chronic pain.

Townsend T, Cerdá M, Bohnert A, et al. CDC guideline for opioid prescribing associated with reduced dispensing to certain patients with chronic pain. Health Aff(Millwood). 2021;40(11):1766-1775. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2021.00135

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November 17, 2021
Townsend T, Cerdá M, Bohnert AS, et al. Health Aff (Millwood). 2021;40(11):1766-1775.

Misuse of prescription opioids represents a serious patient safety issue. Using commercial claims from 2014 - 2018, researchers examined the association between the 2016 CDC guidelines to reduce unsafe opioid prescribing and opioid dispensing for patients with four common chronic pain diagnoses. Findings indicate that the release of the 2016 guidelines was associated with reductions in the percentage of patients receiving opioids, average dose prescribed, percentage receiving high-dose prescriptions, number of days supplied, and the percentage of patients receiving concurrent opioid/benzodiazepine prescriptions. The authors observe that questions remain about how clinicians are tailoring opioid reductions using a patient-centered approach.

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Townsend T, Cerdá M, Bohnert A, et al. CDC guideline for opioid prescribing associated with reduced dispensing to certain patients with chronic pain. Health Aff(Millwood). 2021;40(11):1766-1775. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2021.00135