As we wage the daily battle against the over-utilization of opioids in workers' compensation, it's important to recognize an increasingly important ally in the physician community: Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP).
Just this week, PROP led the way on a petition to the FDA to change the labels on opioid painkillers to prohibit their use for moderate pain, add a max daily dose, and only allow patients to take the drugs for 90 days unless they're being treated for cancer-related pain. This is a bold petition and an even bolder request, but PROP is as serious about this issue as they are credible.
PRIUM relies on the PROP web site for training materials, both for internal staff as well as our network of physician reviewers. The videos on the site are absolutely phenomenal and they help us to orient new employees and our physician partners to the seriousness of the issue, the complexities of dealing with the issue, and the dedication required to ensure positive clinical outcomes.
Dr. Andrew Kolodny is the President of PROP. He is working tirelessly to bring awareness and solutions to one of the great healthcare crises of our generation. He speaks at conferences, he engages with physician groups, he speaks to payers, and he writes editorials published in the NY Times. His message is consistent, credible, and critical. I've met Dr. Kolodny a few times (he even bailed me out when I was speaking at a conference and had technical issues trying to show a PROP video - he kindly stood up and delivered the message himself!). His passion for the appropriate use of prescription narcotics is powerful.
Get to know PROP. They're helping us in the payer/employer community every day. Let's find some ways we can help them.
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