Surgeon General Public Health Advisory Urges More Americans to Carry the Opioid-Reversing Drug, Naloxone

A statement from the American Academy of Pain Medicine The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) applauds U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH comments urging more Americans to carry naloxone, a lifesaving me...
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AAPM Supports FDA in Development of Evidence-Based Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

A statement from the American Academy of Pain Medicine The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) welcomes FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb's comments suggesting the development of evidence-based opioid prescribing guid...
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CÚRAM Researchers Find Potential New Treatment for Lower Back Pain

Source: NUI Galway, Ireland Professor Abhay Pandit and his research team at CÚRAM, the SFI Research Centre for Medical Devices based at NUI Galway, have just published their research into a potential new treatment for lo...
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CMS Seeks Comments on Changes to E/M Documentation Guidelines

Source: Emily Hill, PA, AAPM Coding Consultant Date: April 4, 2018 In the November 2017 Final Rule, CMS sought comments on potential updates to the Evaluation and Management (E/M) Documentation Guidelines. CMS indicated ...
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Duquesne University Professor Creates First Nanomedicine to Treat Pain

Source: Duquesne University Duquesne University Professor Dr. Jelena Janjic has created the first inflammatory pain nanomedicine that could significantly reduce the need for opioids in treating pain. Full story...
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Association Between US State Medical Cannabis Laws and Opioid Prescribing in the Medicare Part D Population

Source: JAMA Internal Medicine Abstract: Importance: Opioid-related mortality increased by 15.6% from 2014 to 2015 and increased almost 320% between 2000 and 2015. Recent research finds that the use of all pain medicatio...
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Association of Medical and Adult-Use Marijuana Laws with Opioid Prescribing for Medicaid Enrollees

Source: JAMA Internal Medicine Abstract: Importance: Overprescribing of opioids is considered a major driving force behind the opioid epidemic in the United States. Marijuana is one of the potential nonopioid alternative...
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Ketamine and Norketamine Attenuate Oxycodone Tolerance Markedly Less than that of Morphine: From Behaviour to Drug Availability

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Opioids No More? Review Article Evaluates Alternative Treatments for Chronic Pain

Source: American Physiological Society A review published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology explores newer, potentially safer therapies for treating chronic abdomi...
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Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Affirms Opioids Should Not Be Prescribed as First or Second Lines of Pain Therapy

Source: BCBSA The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) National Council of Physician and Pharmacist Executives (NCPE) at its March meeting adopted a professional standard that opioids should not be prescribed as fi...
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