Anesthesia & Pain Management
FDA awards $1.5M grant to ADA Science & Research Institute
August 28, 2020 -- The ADA announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has awarded a three-year, $1.5 million grant to the ADA Science & Research Institute in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh to develop a clinical practice guideline for the management of acute pain in dentistry, with a focus on the role of opioids.
DEA to raise prescriber fee on October 1
August 3, 2020 -- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will raise its prescriber registration fee from $731 to $888 on October 1, according to the California Dental Association.
FDA update: Naloxone and opioid labeling changes
July 28, 2020 -- Tom Viola, RPh, explains why dentists may want to know about naloxone and why it is being discussed currently by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in connection with opioid use disorder.  Discuss
UTHSC secures $1.7M for opioid addiction studies
June 8, 2020 -- Researchers from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) have been awarded $1.7 million from the U.S. National Institutes of Health to study the genetic factors of opioid addiction.
Study finds opioids less effective after tooth extraction
March 24, 2020 -- Patients who took opioids for pain relief after tooth extraction reported higher levels of pain than patients who took other analgesics in a new study, published in JAMA Network Open. The findings suggest nonopioid analgesics should be the first-line pain relief for extractions.  Discuss
Dentist pleads guilty to diverting oxycodone for own use
March 18, 2020 -- A dentist in Wisconsin has admitted to writing a prescription for oxycodone to his dental hygienist and then having her divert the painkillers to him for his personal use, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Wisconsin.  Discuss
Dental ER patients often get antibiotics, opioids
March 6, 2020 -- Clinicians frequently prescribe antibiotics and opioids to patients who visit emergency rooms (ER) with nontraumatic dental problems, according to a new study published in the March issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.  Discuss
Dentist gets prison for illegal prescriptions, Medicare fraud
February 7, 2020 -- A dentist in Missouri was sentenced to 18 months in prison for making false statements to Medicare and illegally issuing prescriptions for narcotic opioid drugs without a legitimate medical purpose. The dentist provided about 14,000 units of antianxiety and opioid drugs to a woman he had a personal relationship with for more than 10 years.  Discuss
50% of opioids prescribed by dentists exceed recommendations
February 6, 2020 -- About half of opioid prescriptions written by dentists in the U.S. exceeded two-day supply recommendations identified in previous research, according to a new study published online February 3 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.  Discuss
Pa. oral surgeon to pay $150K to settle opioid mishandling case
January 6, 2020 -- An oral surgeon in Pennsylvania agreed to pay $150,000 to settle allegations that she mishandled opioids, diverting them from patients for personal use, which resulted in the clinician overdosing on one occasion, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.  Discuss
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Second Opinion: Outpatient detoxification for opioid-addicted patients

While steps are needed to reduce the number of prescribed opioids in the U.S., what about those patients who may already be addicted and at risk? In this Second Opinion, Vikram Tarugu, MD, details a detoxification program that may be appropriate for your patients and your community. Read more.

Conferences
Parenteral Moderate Sedation Training for Dentists
September 11-27
Houston, Texas United States
Parenteral Moderate Sedation Training for Dentists
October 9-25
Denver, Colorado United States
ACLS Training for Dentists and Staff
October 16
Denver, Colorado United States
Sedation Permit Renewal/Refresher for Dentistry
October 17
Denver, Colorado United States
Parenteral Moderate Sedation Training for Dentists
November 6-23
Dallas, Texas United States