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2020 Oct 01

J Pharm Pract

Evaluation of Inpatient Opioid Prescribing Resulting in Outpatient Opioid Prescriptions for Previously Opioid-Naive Internal Medicine Patients.


Perkins B, Huckleberry Y, Bogdanich I, Leelathanalerk A, Huckleberry A, Konecnik M, Miller DC, Bailey M, Bime C
J Pharm Pract. 2020 Oct 01:897190020961290.
PMID: 33000671.


Little data exist regarding inpatient opioid prescriptions as a potential contribution to the current opioid crisis. While pain management is essential to inpatient care, the ease of which opioids may be prescribed for all levels of pain may contribute to unnecessary inpatient exposure and new outpatient prescriptions. The aim of this study was to observe patterns of opioid prescribing potentially leading to new opioid prescriptions at hospital discharge for previously opioid-naive patients.