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October 27, 2017
Dr. Reema Hammoud
Director Clinical Pharmacy
Safety made simple: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Sedgwick routinely reminds clients and colleagues about the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) National Prescription Drug Take Back Days. The next Take Back Day will be this Saturday, October 28 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. In 2010, the DEA st…

October 27, 2017 by Dr. Reema Hammoud, Director Clinical Pharmacy
October 25, 2017
Dr. Reema Hammoud
Director Clinical Pharmacy
The pharmacist and the claim

Fostering awareness in the complex world of prescription drugs It is vital for a claims administrator to have pharmacists on staff because the current reality in workers’ compensation injury care is that prescription drug activity is a dangerous and…

October 25, 2017 by Dr. Reema Hammoud, Director Clinical Pharmacy
September 29, 2017
Dr. Andrew Newhouse, Sedgwick pharmacist
The alarming facts about methadone

Methadone is an opioid medication most commonly used for detoxification, maintenance treatment of opioid addiction, and limited use for chronic pain. The drawbacks to its use stem from the risk of addiction and abuse with the medication, even at reco…

September 29, 2017 by Dr. Andrew Newhouse, Sedgwick pharmacist
September 14, 2017
Dr. Reema Hammoud
Director Clinical Pharmacy
A portrait of opioid use disorder

A portrait of opioid use disorder Read part one of Rachel's story here. Rachel was once a vibrant gardener, grandmother and worker. Regrettably, following an injury, she became one of a growing number of those suffering from opioid use disorder (…

September 14, 2017 by Dr. Reema Hammoud, Director Clinical Pharmacy
August 31, 2017
Dr. Reema Hammoud
Director Clinical Pharmacy
Rachel’s story: A portrait of opioid use disorder

Rachel enjoyed gardening and canning vegetables. She enjoyed cooking, taking walks and spending time with her grandchildren. After she was injured at work, she was optimistic about making a speedy recovery. She was 53 years old and had always stayed …

August 31, 2017 by Dr. Reema Hammoud, Director Clinical Pharmacy
May 17, 2017
Edward Canavan
VP Workers’ Compensation Practice and Compliance
The basics of complex claims

Most workers’ compensation claims do not start out as complex. They become complex over time due to specific drivers that increase costs and duration. Being able to recognize and resolve these drivers at the right time will help reduce a claim’s like…

May 17, 2017 by Edward Canavan, VP Workers’ Compensation Practice and Compliance
April 28, 2017
Andrew Newhouse, Sedgwick pharmacist
Tomorrow is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The 2017 National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The day was established in 2010 by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to help reduce prescription drug risks and promote safety. Accord…

April 28, 2017 by Andrew Newhouse, Sedgwick pharmacist
March 16, 2017
Dr. Reema Hammoud
Director Clinical Pharmacy
Slowly, steadily states striking against epidemic opioid issues

State governments are responding to the opioid epidemic. Recently, the New Jersey governor signed new legislation that limits prescribers’ capacity to provide first-time opioid prescriptions for more than five days. The New Jersey state senate passed…

March 16, 2017 by Dr. Reema Hammoud, Director Clinical Pharmacy
March 08, 2017
Luke Parnell, pharmacy program liaison
We’re not talking peanuts: Carfentanil, fentanyl and heroin

Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid that is 80 times more potent than fentanyl and 8,000 times more potent than heroin. Having been created and used as an elephant tranquilizer in China, it has now found its way into the hands of the public. This dru…

March 08, 2017 by Luke Parnell, pharmacy program liaison
May 12, 2016
Dr. Paul Peak
Director Clinical Pharmacy
Over-the-counter problem no longer under the radar

Three weeks ago, I was wrapping up a discussion with a client and fellow Sedgwick colleagues on the opioid epidemic. Someone in the room received the unexpected text that Prince had died. In the next few moments, without any other information, my fel…

May 12, 2016 by Dr. Paul Peak, Director Clinical Pharmacy
April 30, 2016
Shanea McKinney, Pharmacist
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is today

Participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day today, Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and you could save a life. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day was established in 2010 by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) …

April 30, 2016 by Shanea McKinney, Pharmacist
April 04, 2016
Dr. Teresa Bartlett
Senior Medical Officer
Dangerous prescribing practices and at-risk patients – a look at best practices

It was my privilege to present along with Dr. Paul Peak of Sedgwick at the 2016 National RX Drug and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Georgia to discuss dangerous prescribing practices and at-risk patients. The conference was highlighted by a public ap…

April 04, 2016 by Dr. Teresa Bartlett, Senior Medical Officer
February 19, 2016
Jim Harvey
VP Client Services
Combating prescription drug abuse

Last year, Dr. Reema Hammoud of Sedgwick shared a blog regarding National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will be held April 30, 2016. Ho…

February 19, 2016 by Jim Harvey, VP Client Services
January 15, 2016
Dr. Reema Hammoud
Director Clinical Pharmacy
Misuse of antipsychotics in workers’ compensation patients

Antipsychotics are medications used for the treatment of acute and chronic psychosis and other psychotic conditions. Besides their defined indication by the Food and Drug Administration, antipsychotics are often used and misused for off-label condi…

January 15, 2016 by Dr. Reema Hammoud, Director Clinical Pharmacy
September 23, 2015
Dr. Reema Hammoud
Director Clinical Pharmacy
Get Involved: National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day 9/26/15

Participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. You could save a life. In 2012, healthcare providers prescribed 259 million painkillers according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – enough medication for every Americ…

September 23, 2015 by Dr. Reema Hammoud, Director Clinical Pharmacy
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