September 5, 2019
Patients in the United States and Canada are seven times as likely as those in Sweden to receive a prescription for opioid medications after surgery, according to a new multi-institutional study led by researchers from Penn Medicine. Though the United States and Canada had similar prescription rates, patients in the U.S. were prescribed a much higher dosage—as measured by the total morphine milligram equivalents (MME). The findings were published in JAMA Network Open.
Source: Penn Today