Pharmacist & Physician Opioid Collaborative

January 18, 2022by PPN Marketing

Pharmacist & Physician Opioid Collaborative

This Podcast Series is about Pharmacists & Physicians collaborating on the proper & humane usage of pain management strategies, the usage of opioids, and evidence-based medication therapy management practices.

Episode 1

Who’s PROP & How can Pharmacists Be More Involved?

Each day, more than 130 people die from opioid overdoses. Opioids are a class of drugs that include prescription pain relievers like oxycodone. They also include illegal drugs like heroin. In 2019, 1.6 million Americans had an opioid addiction. This is also known as opioid use disorder. Yet effective medications—like buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone—are prescribed to only a fraction of people with opioid use disorder.

Patients often receive such medications in an opioid treatment program. Methadone, for example, can only be given in a certified treatment program. Primary care physicians can apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. However, less than 10% of U.S. primary care providers have a buprenorphine waiver. Given the limited number of patients that each physician can treat, involving pharmacists in opioid treatment may improve access.

Part one features two executives from PROP – Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing to se the stage for the podcast collaborative and helping pharmacists and physicians to work together more effectively through the expertise and experiences of our doctors.

Podcast Guests: 

Jane C. Ballantyne, MD, FRCA
President, PROP
Professor, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
University of Washington
Andrew Kolodny, MD
Vice President, Federal Affairs, PROP;
Medical Director, Opioid Policy Research Collaborative,
Heller School for Social Policy & Management
Brandeis University


Learn more at: http://www.supportprop.org/

Episode 2

Working Closer Together as Providers


Part two features Dr. Garofoli, pain management expert resource & Director of Experiential Learning Clinical Assistant Professor Clinical Pain Management Pharmacists position in the WVU Integrative Pain Management Center. We welcome Pharmacist Dave Morgan, with over 30 years of experience treating patients with pain and a returning executive from PROP – Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, Dr. Kolodyny. 

Podcast Guests: 

Mark Garofoli PharmD

Clinical Assistant Professor WVU School of Pharmacy

Andrew Kolodny, MD

Vice President, Federal Affairs, PROP

Dave Morgan, RPh

Safe Prescribing Consultant

Learn more at: http://www.supportprop.org/


Episode 3

Pharmacists leading Pain Management Improves Patient Satisfaction of Treatment

From a published journal article from the American Journal of Health System Pharmacy, the data highlights the impact of a pharmacist directed pain management treatment plan within institutional opioid use. The report noted that with the pharmacist lead treatment there was improved patient satisfaction scores and indirect cost savings.

Despite decreased opioid use, available patient satisfaction data suggested ongoing improvement in associated with pharmacist designed pain management plans.

Podcast Guest:

William Amarquaye, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacist at Florida Regional Hospital

Impact of a pharmacist-directed pain management service on inpatient opioid use, pain control, and patient safety


The CDC Opioid Guideline: Proponent Interpretation Has Led to Misinformation


Quantifying the Epidemic of Prescription Opioid Overdose Deaths


CDC’s Efforts to Quantify Prescription Opioid Overdose Deaths Fall Short


An Examination of State and Federal Opioid Analgesic and Continuing Education Policies: 2016–2018


CDC Advises Against Misapplication of the Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain


Episode 4
Where’s the Patient’s Voice in Evidence-based Medicine?


The Doctor Patient Forum’s Mission Statement is to advocate, educate, and defend the rights of patients, to protect all providers (including prescribers and pharmacists) who tirelessly work to treat their patients, and to bring awareness to the general public regarding restrictions upon medical providers. We are fighting for a return to individualized patient care instead of using guidelines and laws based on little evidence using arbitrary thresholds. Contrary to what has been said, we are not “industry funded.” We haven’t taken any money from pharma. We are not being paid to promote opioids. We are simply chronic pain and illness patients who are fighting as hard as we can to effect change in this broken system where the patient’s voice is non-existent.

For part 4 of the series, we’re honored to have Ms. Bev Schechtman. Ms. Schectman is one of the founding members of Don’t Punish Pain Rally and is the VP of The Doctor Patient Forum. She grew up in northern New Jersey, and has lived in the Raleigh area in North Carolina since 2009. Bev has been married to Randy for 18 years, and has two teenage daughters, Emma, 17, and Livvy,13. She also has a 3-year-old Aussidoodle, Griffin.

Bev has been living with Crohn’s Disease and Psoriatic Arthritis for over two decades. She first contacted Claudia Merandi after being denied opioid medication while hospitalized for kidney stones in 2017.She was denied due to being a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Bev is a passionate advocate for people with chronic pain and illness as well as those who have PTSD/ survived sexual assault/abuse. Bev has her B.A. in Psychology and hopes to get her M.S.W. in the near future. Bev is a voracious reader and researcher. She is passionate about understanding why pain patients are being mistreated so she can educate other patients and empower them to fight back. Bev hopes her advocacy work brings awareness to the anti-opioid zealots who are profiting off of punishing pain patients while pretending to care about those with addiction. She also believes strongly in Harm Reduction efforts.

Special Guest:
Bev Schechtman
Vice President
The Doctor Patient Forum | Don’t Punish Pain Rally
Episode 5
Coming Soon!