March 2017

Features

Acute Pain Management in Patients With Opioid Tolerance

Prescription opioid use has significantly increased globally in the past two decades and has led to an increased number of patients who have become tolerant to opioids.

Pearls and Pitfalls of Patient-Controlled Analgesia

Patient-controlled analgesia refers to the delivery of analgesics immediately upon patient demand.

Treatment Options in Managing Acute Perioperative Pain

If the interventions and drugs employed perioperatively are inadequate, the pain could develop into a chronic problem or worsen patient outcomes.

Urate-Lowering Therapy for the Prevention and Treatment of Gout Flare

Gout is one of the most common rheumatologic arthritic diseases; preventing future gout attacks requires lowering serum urate levels to promote dissolution of urate crystals.

Contemporary Compounding

Editorial

Legislating Medical Care

In an attempt to curb the opioid epidemic, several states now impose limits on the length of initial prescriptions.

Pharmacy Law

The DEA Changes Its Mind on Kratom

When the DEA announced that it would temporarily reclassify kratom as a Schedule I drug, it caused a public backlash.

TrendWatch

Use and Misuse of Prescription Pain Relievers

According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, prescription pain relievers—including opioids—were used by 36.4% (97.5 million) persons aged 12 years and older.