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Gavin: FDA and Off-Label Drug Use: Danger Ahead 09/13/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 245 | 0
The Food and Drug Administration has scheduled hearings for November (and a public comment period that will extend to January) regarding the agency's current approach to the marketing of off-label uses of FDA-...Read More

Gavin: Health Literacy and Pain Management: How to Do Patient Education 08/17/2016
State: NY | Segment: Top | 414 | 0
Whether or not opioid pain medication might actually worsen pain is a legitimate clinical discussion and an important claims management topic. While the phenomenon is researched and written about in medical journals, talked about at various conferences and acknowledged among physicians, I ha...Read More

Gavin: Nuance Is Necessary in the Naloxone Debate 08/08/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 391 | 0
American Medical Association white paper headline: "Help save lives: Increase access to naloxone" New York Times headline: "Naloxone Saves Lives, but Is No Cure in Heroin Epidemic" ...Read More

Gavin: What Will $180 Million Buy Us? 08/01/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 227 | 0
The U.S. Senate in mid-July voted 92-2 to pass a piece of legislation, one already passed by the House 407-5. Can you remember the last time you saw a vote tally like that in Congress?  ...Read More

Gavin: Lawmakers Dictate to Doctors: New Legislative Approaches to Opioids 07/14/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 257 | 0
Amidst all the talk of seven-day initial opioid script limits in New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire (with New Jersey, Connecticut and others likely not far behind), we appear to have missed a piece of legislation that, in my view, represents the single most stringent legal construct f...Read More

Gavin: The Biopsychosocial Model: Challenges in Application 06/24/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 286 | 0
Hardly a day, a conference, a meeting or a case goes by without a serious discussion about the need for a "biopsychosocial" approach to injury resolution. In fact, I've recently heard griping in some circles that the discussion has run its course. "We get it ... can w...Read More

Gavin: A Tax on Opioids: Who Pays? And Why? 06/07/2016
By: Michael Gavin
State: NA | Segment: Top | 377 | 0
A new bill was introduced last week by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia). The bill calls for a tax on opioids to the tune of 1 cent per milligram. This tax will fall primarily to the payer community. ...Read More

Gavin: ProPublica and Drug-Seeking Irony 05/20/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 382 | 0 | Popular with Legal
Say the name "ProPublica" in a work comp meeting these days and watch what happens. It's like a pinata at a little kid's birthday party: Everyone takes a swing, only a precious few actually connect (but when they do connect, we all get candy, or something like that). ...Read More

Gaston: Out of Joint: Texas Joint Employer Liability for Franchisors 04/25/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 253 | 0
In response to the NLRB’s pronouncement of joint employer status between two distinct business entities in Browning-Ferris Industries, a handful of state legislatures, including Texas, have passed legislation to protect the franchise industry from exposure to lawsuits for franchisees&r...Read More

Gavin: When CMS and CDC Conflict: Medicare and Opioids 04/21/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 332 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A few weeks back, the National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals (NAMSAP) published a press release calling for a revised approach to MSAs that include opioid medications. ...Read More
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