Opioid Prescription for Kidney Transplant Patients
SSS epidemiologist Chyng-Wen Fwu is among the authors of an article in the journal Transplantation that reports the results of an examination of opioid prescription among kidney transplant recipients in a national population using 2006–2010 U.S. Renal Data System files, including Medicare Part D for medication ascertainment. The study determined that chronic opioid prescription is associated with increased risk of death and graft loss in transplant recipients. Other authors of the article include researchers from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and George Washington University, and a consultant pharmacist.
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