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Can I Call Myself a “Pain Specialist?”

  Who defines the role of pain specialists? Do you qualify as one, and do the courts agree? Inside the legal requirements. Full story.  
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Request for Information: Guidance on Current Education Curricula for Health Care Professionals Regarding Pain and Opioid Misuse and Use Disorder

NIH has issued a Request for Information to gather input from the scientific research and medical education communities and the general public regarding the Centers for Excellence in Pain Education (CoEPEs) program, gene...
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FDA Approves First Generics of Lyrica

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved multiple applications for first generics of Lyrica (pregabalin) for the management of neuropathic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy, for the management of ...
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Report from the June 2019 AMA Annual Meeting

The following report was submitted by Robert Wailes, MD, AAPM AMA Delegate The Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) convened from June 8-12, in Chicago, Illinois. I repre...
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AMA House of Delegates Annual Meeting Update

Pain medicine was represented at the recent American Medical Association House of Delegates (HOD) Annual Meeting by AAPM delegate Robert Wailes, MD , and alternate delegate Donna Bloodworth, MD . Among topics discussed, ...
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FDA MedWatch Safety Alert: RXQ Compounding, LLC Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of All Sterile Products

 RXQ Compounding, LLC ("RXQ") is voluntarily recalling all sterile human and animal products within expiry to the user level due to lack of sterility process assurance associated with the production of the Company's...
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AMA Opioid Task Force Recommendations Offer Roadmap to Policymakers

The recommendations include tangible actions policymakers can take to help reduce barriers to evidence-based treatment and end the nation's opioid epidemic. AAPM is among the 25 specialty and state medical societies that...
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Florida Law Lowers Opioid Use for Acute Post-Op Pain

  A new controlled substance law in Florida has helped to decrease opioid prescriptions after outpatient surgery, according to a retrospective analysis at a large academic center. Full story.  
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Oregon Panel Drops Effort to Cut Opioids and Cover Chronic Pain

An Oregon committee has abandoned a controversial proposal that would have expanded treatment options for chronic pain patients under the Oregon Health Plan, but would have forced many to reduce dosages or discontinue pr...
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Comparative Effectiveness of Analgesics to Reduce Acute Pain in the Prehospital Setting Report

The Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) Program at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has posted the draft report for the systematic review on Comparative Effectiveness of Analgesics to Reduce Acute P...
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