Mayo Clinic Guidelines Cut Some Opioid Prescriptions By Half

Henrietta Strickland
April 21, 2018

A Mayo Clinic survey finds that, although 92 percent of patients were prescribed opioid-based pain-killers after surgery, almost one-third of patients didn't use their medication.

Researchers looked at prescription refill rates across a group of patients in 2016 and 2017, which remained consistent even after the reduction in recommended dosage.

90% of patients were satisfied with their pain control.

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In the study, 28 percent of patients said they were prescribed too many opioids.

However, very few patients disposed of any unused pills.

Nearly a third of the patients who responded to a Mayo Clinic survey say they did not use opioids that were prescribed after surgery. Based on the new research and previous findings, Mayo has implemented evidence-based opioid prescribing guidelines specific to surgical areas, beginning with orthopedics.

The number of opioids patients needed after discharge also varied significantly depending on the type of surgery.

Habermann says one-size-fits-all maximums for opioid prescribing that are being advocated by many prescription drug plans and legislators to treat acute pain may not be in patients' best interest.

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