News Article

Four pain management programs curbing the opioid epidemic

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

by Managed Healthcare Executive

From State-led programs to innovative pharmacist-hospital partnerships, these programs are fighting to quell the epidemic.  

   1. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Opioid Safety Initiative

The VA system credentials pharmacists to prescribe medications, including opioids and substance abuse treatment medications.

For the last two decades, VA has adapted to the increased role medications play by expanding the authority of its pharmacist practitioners to prescribe medications and manage chronic disease in an enhanced role as clinical pharmacy specialists.