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Health Agencies Update
February 28, 2017

VHA Initiative Reduces Risky Opioid Prescribing

JAMA. 2017;317(8):797. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.1087

In October 2013, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) implemented an “audit and feedback” program to reduce high-dose opioid prescriptions and potentially lethal drug combinations at all 141 of its hospitals across the country. A study in the journal Pain suggests that effort—called the Opioid Safety Initiative (OSI)—was a moderate success.

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