SAVE THE DATE
SAVE THE DATE! The 5th Annual Scientific Meeting is this fall, October 25-27, 2013!
Urine Drug TestingUrine Drug Testing:
Current Recommendations and Best Practices Graves T. Owen, MD, Allen W. Burton, MD, Cristy M. Schade, MD, PhD, and Steve Passik, PhD
Background: The precise role of urine drug testing (UDT) in the practice of pain medicine is currently being defined. Confusion exists as to best practices, and even to what constitutes standard of care. A member survey by our state pain society revealed variability in practice and a lack of consensus.
Objective: The authors sought to further clarify the importance of routine UDT as an important part of an overall treatment plan that includes chronic opioid prescribing. Further, we wish to clarify best practices based on consensus and data where available.
Continuing the Fight Against Prescription Drug AbuseTexas Pain Society has made a major accomplishment in the continuing fight against prescription drug abuse and the illegal practice of pain medicine. In January of this year the TPS Board of Directors voted unanimously to draft a resolution to submit to the Texas Medical Association (TMA) to identify the legitimate practice of pain medicine and help educate all physicians about the current abuse and misuse of opioid analgesia management. TPS Board members Drs. Graves Owen, Larry Driver, and C.M. Schade drafted the resolution.
History of Texas Pain Society
Dr. Prithvi Raj, one of the Texas Pain Society Founding Members, was challenged last year with a very large project: to document the history of the Texas Pain Society. Without hesitation or trepidation, Dr. Raj began his work immediately. He spent hours calling members, finding photographs and sifting through files. The result of his hard work and dedication is a very insightful and polished article that can be found in this month's Pain Practice: "History of Pain: The Story of Texas Pain Society: Formation and Function of a Regional Pain Society.
Prescription Drug Card
This program is being provided to you and your family to help lower your prescription drug cost. You will receive access to savings of up to 75% (discounts average roughly 30%) at more than 54,000 national and regional pharmacies. This program has “LOWEST PRICE” logic to guarantee that you get the best deal on your prescriptions. (You pay the lower of a discount off Average Wholesale Price-AWP, discount off MAC Pricing, or Pharmacy Promotional/Retail Price.)
Controlled Substance Log Books
The Texas Controlled Substance Act makes no differentiation between samples and medicine ordered from a drug wholesaler or pharmacy. ALL controlled substances must be accounted for in a log book (numbered and bound) in addition to entries in the patient’s medical chart.
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Texas has had the Texas Prescription Program (TPP) to monitor CIIs since 1982 and in 2008 started monitoring CIII‐V, but today physicians have easier accessibility to the monitoring program through PAT II, where they can login to the TPP via a website. In September 2011 a company, Optimum, received the contract for hosting and collecting the data for the TPP. Previously the hosting, development and data collection was done internally by Department of Public Safety (DPS). DPS had developed a website accessible version of the TPP (referred to as PAT I – Prescription Access in Texas) which went through several rounds of beta testing that began in August of 2011, while the traditional fax request method was still in place for the non beta testers.
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