In medical news:

Purdue Pharma, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, and Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Hazel Jr. have formed a private-public partnership to enhance utilization of the state prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) as part of the commonwealth’s solution to the ongoing opioid crisis. The team members are strange bedfellows, given that Purdue makes what is likely the most popular prescription opioid in history – OxyContin – and is largely considered to be a key player in the rise of the opioid epidemic due to its marketing tactics in the 90s. Purdue Pharma will provide funding to accelerate uptake of technology that makes PDMPs interoperable across state lines and increase utilization. The goal is to improve the performance, access and usability of the PDMP program data for 18,000 prescribers and 400 pharmacies in the state by the end of 2017.

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