Postsurgical Opioid Refills Risky for Entire Household

Postsurgical opioid refills are associated with an increased risk for opioid misuse among family members — and the more refills, the higher the risk, new research suggests. Further results showed that if a surgical patient became a chronic opioid user, the likelihood of a family member misusing these drugs increased 2.5 times. “Patients requiring ongoing … Read more

Recent-Onset CV Disease Raises Risk for a Psychiatric Diagnosis

The study covered in this summary was published on MedRxiv.org as a preprint and has not yet been peer reviewed. Key Takeaways Patients diagnosed with cardiovascular disease (CVD) are at increased risk for a psychiatric diagnosis, independent of family characteristic, comorbidities, and medical history. Development of a psychiatric disorder in the year after a CVD … Read more

APA, Others Seek FDA Forum on REMS

Multiple psychiatric groups have asked the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to consider holding a public meeting about its approach to risk management of the schizophrenia drug clozapine, which is effective but carries serious risks, including death. In a February 14 letter, the groups asked the FDA to reconsider its new risk evaluation and … Read more