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“Despite the availability of effective treatments, opioids are commonly used for the management of acute gout,” the researchers concluded.
A new study suggests that black and Hispanic patients seeking care in emergency departments are less likely to receive medication to ease acute pain compared to white patients.

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A 28-year-old man shows up at the emergency department with severe calf pain after exercising. The patient was on prescription sertraline and said he took dietary supplements before working out. What was his ultimate diagnosis?
A patient is treated for a prescription opioid overdose in the emergency department of a major medical center. What can the pharmacist do to limit the likelihood that the patient will overdose again?
Jeffrey Bratberg, PharmD, clinical professor at the University of Rhode Island, discusses why pharmacists should take the lead in promoting naloxone.

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