Key clinical point: Prescriptions for opioids decreased by 22% over the last 5 years and did so in all 50 states.
Major finding: Providers dispensed almost 56 million fewer opioid prescriptions in 2017 than they did in 2013. The total number of prescriptions fell from a total of nearly 252 million in 2013 to 196 million in 2017.
Study details: The number of health care professionals registered for prescription drug monitoring programs more than tripled as well.
This Week's Must Reads
EBUS-TBNA guides need for further treatment in RCC, Val-Bernal J et al. Pathology Research and Practice 2018; 214 (7), 949-56.
Clear cell papillary RCC distinguished by unique staining pattern, Wang Y et al. Annals of Diagnostic Pathology 36: 2018; 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anndiagpath.2018.06.007
Myelodysplasia risk high in RCC patients, Shenoy N et al. Clinical Genitourinary Cancer, Published online June 28, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clgc.2018.06.008
Pembrolizumab in advanced clear cell RCC, McDermott DF et al. ASCO 2018 (annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology), Abstract 4500.
Do docetaxel nanoparticles boost response in mCRPC?, Autio KA et al. JAMA Oncol. 2018 July 5. doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2018.2168.
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New MOC pathway developed by ABIM, ASCO, Alternative to focus on oncology expertise
Survey indicates opioid prescriptions have decreased , Physicians' progress to reverse the nation's opioid epidemic. American Medical Association.
Oncologists sue over Medicare drug pay cut, Community Oncology Alliance v. Office of Management and Budget et al.
Gender disparity found in oncology research funding, Zhou CD et al. BMJ Open. 2018 Apr 30. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018625
Trump administration rejects ACA lawsuit, Texas v. The United States centers on the individual mandate