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Patient-Centered Care Is Key to Best Practices in Pain Management

Vanila M. Singh, MD MACM, Chairperson of the HHS Pain Management Inter-Agency Task Force, is interviewed about the task force's recommendations for treating acute and chronic pain. 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 prescription opioids. 

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AAMC Statement on House Bill to Support New Residency Positions, Including for Pain Management

Association of American Medical Colleges President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued a statement about the Opioid Workforce Act of 2019 (H.R. 2439), which was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and would support new addiction medicine, addiction psychiatry, or pain management residency positions. 

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FDA Announces Public Meeting to Discuss Safety and Utility of Higher-Dose Opioid Analgesics

FDA is seeking public input on the clinical utility and safety concerns associated with the higher range of opioid analgesic dosing (both in terms of higher strength products and higher daily doses) in the outpatient set...
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FDA MedWatch Safety Alert: Ketorolac Tromethamine Injection by Sagent Pharmaceuticals: Recall - Due to Lack of Sterility Assurance

Sagent Pharmaceuticals, announced the voluntary nationwide recall of Lot Number M813513 of Ketorolac Tromethamine Injection, USP, 60mg/2mL (30mg per mL). This product was manufactured by Zydus (Cadila Healthcare Limited) and distributed by Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Sagent has initiated this voluntary recall of Ketorolac Tromethamine Injection, USP to the to the user level due to microbial growth detected during a routine simulation of the manufacturing process, which represents the potential introduction of microorganisms into the products.  

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CDC Addresses Concerns Raised in AAPM Foundation Consensus Panel Report on the Challenges of Implementing the CDC Guideline

Earlier this year, a consensus panel report addressing the challenges of implementing the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain was published in Pain Medicine . The report, authored by a multidisciplinar...
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FDA MedWatch Safety Alert: Fentanyl Transdermal System by Alvogen - Recall: Due to Product Mislabeling

 Alvogen, Inc. is voluntarily recalling two lots of Fentanyl Transdermal System 12 mcg/h transdermal patches to the consumer level. A small number of cartons labeled 12 mcg/h Fentanyl Transdermal System patches contained 50 mcg/h patches. The 50 mcg/h patches that were included in cartons labeled 12 mcg/h are individually labeled as 50 mcg/h.
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Help AAPM and the AMA Opioid Task Force Identify Barriers in Treatment

As one of the organizations in the AMA Opioid Taskforce, AAPM is working with the American Medical Association (AMA) to gather information on barriers to treatment. AAPM and the AMA request 10-15 minutes of your time to ...
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CDC Issues Key Clarification on Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

The American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology, and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® received a letter from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) clarifying the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain on prescribing opioids to manage pain from certain conditions. 

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AAPM Comments on AHRQ Key Questions for Systematic Review on Management of Primary Headaches in Pregnancy

Comments from the American Academy of Pain Medicine The American Academy of Pain Medicine thanks the Agency for the opportunity to comment on The Evidence-based Practice Center Program at the Agency for Healthcare Resear...
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