PrescribeWellness Partners With Venebio to Help Local Pharmacies Address the Opioid Epidemic
Published: Mar 08, 2018
PrescribeWellness and Venebio are working together to fight a crisis that is ravaging the U.S.: opioid abuse is currently the leading cause of death in people under 50, in both urban and rural areas. With network reach of over 200 million lives, PrescribeWellness is uniquely positioned to arm the most accessible healthcare professionals in our communities—pharmacists—with VOA, the only validated tool able to predict the likelihood of a life-threatening opioid overdose from a prescription opioid with 90-percent accuracy.
PrescibeWellness’ pharmacy network includes more than 4,000 small towns across America; in many of those communities pharmacists are the only available healthcare professionals, positioning them alone on the front lines. Equipping pharmacists with VOA will increase their ability to identify high-risk patients, prompting life-saving interventions. By empowering pharmacists, PrescribeWellness and Venebio are fighting the opioid epidemic at the point of attack.
“Our pharmacies, armed with Venebio Opioid Advisor, can save lives and help mitigate the ongoing opioid epidemic in our country,” said Al Babbington, CEO of PrescribeWellness. “According to the CDC, 46 people die every day in the U.S. from a prescription opioid overdose. Community pharmacists across the country are on the front lines of this issue while working hard to help their patients manage prescriptions. VOA will help them ‘go beyond the fill’ to keep their patients safe and healthy.”
“Pharmacists see opioid-using patients far more often than their physicians do, making them uniquely positioned to intervene and help prevent overdoses with these high-risk patients,” said Lenn Murrelle, MSPH, Ph.D., president and CEO of Venebio. “We are convinced VOA will help PrescribeWellness deliver better service to their customers while improving healthcare outcomes.”
Mindy Smith, Vice President of Pharmacy Practice Innovation at PrescribeWellness, added, “Community pharmacists are medication experts and the most accessible healthcare providers in the country. We are excited to work with Venebio to add VOA to our technology suite, which helps community pharmacists play a pivotal role in the fight against the opioid epidemic.”
PrescribeWellness pharmacies will use this predictive healthcare algorithm in conjunction with the core PrescribeWellness technology suite to deliver advanced opioid user education and medication therapy management.