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FDA Approves Three Drugs for Nonprescription Use Through Rx-to-OTC Switch Process

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved three drugs for nonprescription, or over-the-counter (OTC), use through a process called a prescription (Rx)-to-OTC switch. The FDA approved Voltaren Arthritis Pain (d...
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CMS Finalizes Decision to Cover Acupuncture for Chronic Low Back Pain for Medicare Beneficiaries

Before this final National Coverage Determination (NCD) reconsideration, acupuncture was nationally non-covered by Medicare. CMS conducted evidence reviews and examined the coverage policies of private payers to inform i...
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Physician Office Visits at Which Benzodiazepines Were Prescribed: Findings From 2014–2016 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey

The newly published report describes characteristics of visits to office-based physicians at which benzodiazepines were prescribed, including visits where opioids were coprescribed.

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FDA Alert: AXIA Pharmaceutical Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of All Sterile Drug Products

 AXIA Pharmaceutical is voluntarily recalling all unused sterile drug products within expiry due to a lack of assurance of sterility. The recalled sterile products have been found to be inconsistent with federal gui...
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Closing Gaps in Cannabinoid Research to Make Progress in Pain Management

David Shurtleff, PhD, Deputy Director at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, National Institutes of Health, shares his thoughts on closing gaps in cannabinoid research to make progress in pain m...
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FDA Warns about Serious Breathing Problems with Seizure and Nerve Pain Medicines Gabapentin

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning that serious breathing difficulties may occur in patients using gabapentin (Neurontin, Gralise, Horizant) or pregabalin (Lyrica, Lyrica CR) who have respiratory risk facto...
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Report from the November 2019 AMA Interim Meeting

The following report was submitted by Robert Wailes, MD, AAPM AMA Delegate The Interim Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) convened November 16, 2019 in San Diego. I represented the...
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Societies Advocate for Spine Intervention Training

AAPM joined nine other medical specialty societies in writing to the Oregon Health Authority urging prerequisite training for the performance of spine interventions.

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LCD Redetermination for Vertebral Augmentation Update

AAPM joined efforts with nine other societies to share comments with the National Government Services Inc. regarding its recently published Future Local Coverage Determinations for Percutaneous Vertebral Augmentation for...
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Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee Meeting - November 2019

The Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee will hold its next meeting on November 18, 2019, and will be available on a videocast. For more information.  
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