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    Saturday, Oct. 27 is Drug Take Back Day

    October 25, 2018
    Saturday, October 27, 2018, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. On this day, hundreds of locations throughout ...

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    CMA applauds the enactment of federal opioid legislation

    October 24, 2018
    The California Medical Association (CMA) applauded the enactment of H.R. 6 – a sweeping bipartisan bill that addresses ...

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    CURES mandate is in effect; are you ready?

    October 02, 2018
    To help physicians understand this new mandate, CMA has prepared a document that answers the most commonly asked questi...

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    Annual Medicare preventative exams now include review of opioid use

    September 27, 2018
    On August 28, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published an update to the Initial Preventive Physic...

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    Vote on Senate opioid package expected this week

    September 17, 2018
    The U.S. Senate is expected to vote this week a bipartisan package of over 70 proposals intended to help combat the n...

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    Health information exchange and CURES: What physicians need to know

    September 10, 2018
    This spring, a coalition led by CM) and CalHIPSO secured a $5 million expenditure for health information exchange (HIE)...

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    CA pharmacy board launched drug take-back database

    September 04, 2018
    The California Board of Pharmacy has launched an online drug take-back tool to help consumers looking for a place to sa...

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    CURES webinar with DOJ now available for on-demand viewing

    August 22, 2018
    Effective October 2, 2018, physicians must  consult California’s prescription drug monitoring database  (the Controll...

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    Reminder: CURES duty-to-consult takes effect October 2, 2018

    July 23, 2018
    Effective October 2, 2018, physicians must  consult California’s prescription drug monitoring database  (the Controll...

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    Federal opioid package receives bipartisan support in the U.S. House

    July 09, 2018
    On June 22, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid R...

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    CDPH issues standing order for naloxone

    June 22, 2018
    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued a statewide standing order for naloxone, an antidote medic...

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    New report shows California’s progress addressing opioid crisis

    June 05, 2018
    The American Medical Association (AMA) issued a new report on Thursday documenting how California’s physician leaders...

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    CMA urges DOJ to take steps to ensure smooth transition to CURES mandate

    May 14, 2018
    The California Department of Justice (DOJ) has certified that as of April 2, 2018, the Controlled Substance Utilizati...

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    CDPH hosts free naloxone webinar series

    March 08, 2018
    The California Department of Public Health Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Initiative is hosting a free, two-part...

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    Legislation introduced to combat opioid crisis

    March 05, 2018
    Assemblymember and emergency physician Joaquin Arambula, M.D. (D-Fresno), has introduced a bill (AB 2384) that would re...

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    CMS issues proposed opioid overutilization policy

    February 07, 2018
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule that would require Medicare Part D plan...

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    FDA restricts use of cough and cold medicines with codeine or hydrocodone for kids

    January 11, 2018
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today that cough and cold medicines containing codeine and hydrocodone...

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    Are your prescriptions pads compliant with the law?

    December 08, 2017
    The California Medical Association (CMA) has received numerous calls from physicians whose prescriptions are being turne...

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    California sees dramatic reduction in use of antipsychotics in nursing homes

    November 13, 2017
    Five years ago, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a national initiative, the Partnership to ...

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    Help save lives: Co-prescribe naloxone to patients at risk of opioid overdose

    October 15, 2017
    For more than 40 years, the life-saving opioid overdose antidote naloxone has been used to reverse the effects of opioi...

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    Saturday, Oct. 28, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

    October 15, 2017
    Saturday, October 28, 2017, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. On this day, hundreds of locations throughout ...

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    FDA says harm of untreated opioid addiction outweighs risks of concomitant benzodiazepine use

    October 02, 2017
    Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction is an important tool that has the potential to help millions of...

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    Updates to prior authorization form for prescription medications and new timelines for response now in effect

    September 08, 2017
    On July 1, 2017, two new laws affecting the standardized prescription drug prior authorization form took effect. SB 282...

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    NASEM issues major report on pain management and opioid use

    July 21, 2017
    The report, requested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), highlights actions health care professionals and ...

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    Free CME: Medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorders

    June 19, 2017
    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is offering two free training sessions on the use of medic...

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    Pharmacy board announces rules for pharmacy drug take-back services

    June 16, 2017
    The California State Board of Pharmacy has finalized rules for pharmacy prescription drug take-back programs. The pro...

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    CDPH publishes resources for physicians who prescribe opioids

    May 24, 2017
    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has developed an opioid prescriber resource guide to help improve p...

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