On October 26, 2017, President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis to be a public health emergency. “Addressing it will require all of our effort, and it will require us to confront the crisis in all of its very real complexity,” said Trump during his announcement. His declaration has set into motion a 90-day period where the federal government will expand the use of telemedicine and allow flexibility in regulation and spending.
As healthcare professionals, pharmacists have a duty beyond dispensing medications to be vigilant about their patients’ health. With the hectic workflow in a pharmacy, it can be challenging to monitor suspicious behavior and potential cases of addiction. Now more than ever, you need to employ your management software and staff to pinpoint potential opiate abuse and intervene before it escalates to a crisis that endangers your pharmacy and your patients.
Keeping an eye on each patient and successfully managing your pharmacy is an all-consuming job. Here are the areas your software can step in and do the work for you:
Whether you are prepping for an audit or adding more security, your management software can assist you:
One powerful tool in the fight against opiate abuse is a pharmacist’s intuition; if a patient is overusing controlled substances or appears to be “doctor shopping,” or even if a prescriber seems to be writing questionable prescriptions, pharmacists can use their insight to intervene. Be aware of the degree of opioid abuse experienced in your city, and be observant of the activity within your pharmacy. Pharmacists can be one of the keys to reducing opioid abuse, all thanks to their own perspective and the tools readily available to them within their management software.