High strength opioid formulations in Ontario: By the numbers
Toronto, August 2, 2016
The analysis found:
More than 42 million long-acting opioid tablets or patches were prescribed during this time and reimbursed by the government.
Of those, almost 11% were high strength – the ones the Ontario government plans to stop funding, or “de-list” in January 2017.
Government-funded long-acting opioid tablets and patches were prescribed to 87,453 people in the year studied.
Of those, almost 16% had received at least one prescription for a high-strength opioid, or 13,695 people.
62,602 people received palliative care in Ontario over the study period.
In this population, 42.5% were treated with opioids that were reimbursed by the ODB program, but only 2.7% received high-strength opioids.
9/10 people in Ontario who receive government reimbursement for their prescription high-strength, long-acting opioid tablets or patches are not palliative care patients.
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