Study finds declines in prescription drugs dispensed to children during COVID-19, including infection-related medicines and some used for chronic diseases.<
An analysis finds a “one size fits all” approach to prescribing opioids after surgery poses risks for addiction in certain patients.
Effective pain control with equal short-term outcomes and patient satisfaction seen in patients who got non-opioid pain medication.
Study also shows certain patients have an even greater risk of overdose if they fill opioid prescriptions, and strengthens argument against use of opioids for most dental pain.
Despite guidelines, 14% are on three or more drugs that act on the brain and nervous system; families and providers should review prescriptions regularly.
Many take leftover doses from previous prescriptions, and expect new prescriptions for non-bacterial illness.