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November 09, 2017
Dr. Paul Peak
Director Clinical Pharmacy
Pharmacist interns: Tomorrow’s occupational injury asset

Claims administrators have an invaluable opportunity to help future pharmacists understand the challenges regarding prescription drug use for occupational injuries. A pharmacist intern program, like the one we offer at Sedgwick, can provide ex…

November 09, 2017 by Dr. Paul Peak, Director Clinical Pharmacy
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
January 06, 2017
Shanea A. McKinney, Director Client Services-Managed Care Client Services
Risk managers: Be vigilant in 2017

Make prescription drug control one of your highest priorities Pharmacy spend has been, and will continue to be, a hot-button topic for a cross-section of the healthcare industry. Workers’ compensation is no exception. Opioids, in particular, conti…

January 06, 2017 by Shanea A. McKinney, Director Client Services-Managed Care Client Services
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
October 13, 2015
April Clemens, Business Relationship Manager-PL
Transparency and pharmaceutical drug samples

Kathy Shostek, Vice President Healthcare Risk Management contributed a recent post about the management of drug samples in physician offices. The blog outlined the need for strategies for documentation and management of drug samples for reducing ri…

October 13, 2015 by April Clemens, Business Relationship Manager-PL
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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