Why monitor your patients?
With the dramatic increase of prescription medication use, and abuse, effective medication management is more important than ever. While prescription medication abuse is not limited to opoids, The American Academy of Pain Medicine guidelines suggest that “clinicians should consider periodically obtaining urine drug screens or other information."1
Why are patients non-compliant?
- Side effects
- Lack of patient understanding relative to dosing
- Fear of addiction
- Intentional or inadverdent diversion
How will a Prescription Drug Management (PDM) testing program help?
Implementation of a PDM program can help you and your patients optimize their treatment for chronic pain and many other conditions. PDM programs have been demonstrated to help practitioners determine if:
- A patient is experiencing a change in symptoms
- An additional medication was prescribed by another provider
- A patient is taking medication “as needed,” routinely, or not at all
- A patient is taking potentially dangerous illicits
- A patient is bingeing or hoarding medication
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1 Chou R, Fanciullo GJ, Fine PG. et al. Clinical guidelines for the use of chronic opioid therapy in chronic noncancer pain. J Pain. 2009;10(2):113–130.