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Buprenorphine: Not a silver bullet, and still controversial

Sudheer Potru, DO, FASAM, Michael Sprintz, DO, DFASAM, Antje M. Barreveld, MD, Lynn Kohan, MD


We are practitioners of pain medicine and addiction medicine and also four of the seven members of the Multi-Society Ad Hoc Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Working Group comprised of representatives from anesthesia, pain, pharmacy, and addiction medicine societies. We are finalizing “tip sheets” and a consensus-based manuscript to provide guidance on the appropriate use and initiation of buprenorphine in the hospital setting by anesthesiologists, and in the outpatient setting by pain clinicians.


buprenorphine, sustained-release

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