Kaiser Program Helps Reduce Painkiller Prescriptions
A program launched at Kaiser Permanente Southern California two years ago has helped curb the number of prescriptions for additive brand-name painkillers -- such as Oxycontin and Vicodin -- by as much as 80%, officials say. The program was designed to educate doctors about the addictive nature of such medication and how to safely prescribe the drugs.
"Kaiser Program Leads to Huge Reduction in Vicodin and Oxycontin Prescriptions" (O'Neill, "KPCC News," KPCC, 4/19).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.