As director of The Pew Charitable Trusts' substance use prevention and treatment initiative, Cynthia Reilly works on federal and state initiatives to reduce the inappropriate use of prescription opioids while ensuring that patients have access to effective pain management. She also focuses on expanding access to effective treatment for substance use disorders through increased use of medication-assisted treatment.
Prior to joining Pew, Reilly worked on issues related to the safety and quality of medication use for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists in Bethesda, Maryland. Areas of focus included the development of clinical policy, dissemination of best practices to improve patient outcomes, and coordination of initiatives aimed at ensuring the availability and integrity of drug products. In this role, she coordinated the society’s work in support of rescheduling hydrocodone combination products from Schedule III to Schedule II to improve the safe and appropriate use of those therapies. In addition, she led development of policy that called on clinicians to increase efforts to combat prescription drug abuse while also ensuring patient access to needed pain therapies.
Reilly received her bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Temple University and her master’s degree in global health and medical policy from George Mason University.
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