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Potentially inappropriate medication combination with opioids among older dental patients: a retrospective review of insurance claims data.

Zhou J, Calip GS, Rowan S, et al. Pharmacotherapy. 2020;Epub Aug 9.

This study analyzed the association between potentially inappropriate prescribing involving opioids prescribed by dentists and emergency department visits and hospitalizations among older patients. Results indicated that a significant proportion of older patients prescribed opioids by their dentist have contraindications (such as psychotropic medication use) which places them at increased risk for 30-day hospitalizations.