Prescription Painkillers

posted on February 24, 2014

A recent paper co-authored by MSI PI Pinar Karaca-Mandic (Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health) has been publicized on various media outlets. The study, “Opioid prescribing by multiple providers in Medicare: Retrospective observational study of insurance claims,” was published last week in the British Medical Journal. Professor Karaca-Mandic wrote the paper along with colleagues at Harvard University and the University of Southern California. The study investigates the number of Medicare recipients who are prescribed painkillers by multiple medical providers. This raises the risk of patients suffering adverse effects from taking too many of these medications.

A story about the article can be found on the School of Public Health’s news site. The paper is on the BMJ website.

Professor Karaca-Mandic uses MSI resources for several studies that are analyzing Medicare data.