Study Suggests Seven-Day Limits on Initial Prescriptions of Opioid Analgesics May be Too Restrictive for Some Patients
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that the seven-day limit on initial prescriptions of opioid analgesics (commonly included in many legislatives proposals aimed at reducing the drug overdose epidemic) may be inappropriate for patients who have recently undergone surgery. The study concluded the optimal prescription length to be between four to nine days for general procedures. Additionally, for women’s health procedures, prescriptions were more likely to be 13 days, and up to 15 days for some procedures. Read the article referencing the study here. Read the full study here.