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“Even during this global pandemic, we have continued to prioritize addressing the opioid crisis,” says Stephen M. Hahn, MD, the FDA’s Commissioner, referring to the FDA’s new labeling requirement. This labeling—on opioid pain medication and opioid use disorder medication—must include the...

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According to the CDC, osteoarthritis (OA) affects over 32.5 million US adults. Patients with this chronic pain condition are often prescribed opioids, but with what efficacy? A recent study of patients with knee and/or hip OA examined the differences between strong and weak or intermediate opioids...

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From the Mental Health Clinician journal.


Introduction: Chronic lower back pain is a leading cause of disability in US adults. Opioid use continues to be controversial despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on chronic pain management to use nonpharmacologic...

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From the AAPM 36th Annual Meeting Scientific Poster Abstracts: 205. Coauthored by Senior PAINWeek Faculty Dr. Kevin Zacharoff.

Many physicians report inadequate training in the areas of pain assessment, treatment, and aberrant drug-related behaviors. This presentation will describe the...

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AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION: Notice; establishment of a public docket; request for comments.

SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) is announcing the establishment of a docket to solicit public comment on specific questions pertaining to the use of...

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Abuse deterrent formulations: different manners of preventing someone from transgressing to the inhalation or snorting of medications, or intravenous use.

  • Aversion: if someone attempts to abuse the product it would not feel good. For instance, if the product is crushed and snorted, the nose is...

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From the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Highlights:

• The number of buprenorphine prescriptions dispensed increase 9.1% from from 2017 to 2018.

• Buprenorphine prescribing by nurse practitioners and physician assistants increased the most.

• Recent legislative and regulatory efforts...

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Newswise — A Henry Ford Hospital study published in the Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery has found that patients who underwent knee surgery and other types of sports medicine procedures could manage their pain without opioids or a minimal dosage.

The purpose of the prospective...

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Ah… drug math. Those 2 little words can make a strong healthcare provider want their mommy. But no fear. Armed with an understanding of conversion calculations, some semisolid facts about equivalencies, and a healthy sense of “Does that LOOK right?”—you’ll be just fine!

This lively session will...

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From the Pain Management Nursing Journal

Abstract: A plethora of statistics and claims exist concerning the rise in prescription opioid use and the increase in opioid-related deaths. Eleven misperceptions were identified that underlie some of the growing national concern and backlash against...

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