Pain Management Resource Center

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Abuse-Deterrent Opioid's Effect on Prescribing, Overdoses

Rates of both prescription opioid overdoses and dispensing of prescription opioid pain relievers dropped substantially after the introduction of abuse-deterrent extended-release oxycodone HCI (OxyContin; Purdue Pharma), according to an article in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Mindfulness Meditation for Chronic Pain

A mindfulness program appears to be beneficial for patients with chronic pain.

Exercise Cuts Pain Interference From DPN

Aerobic exercise may help reduce perceived pain interference resulting from diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN).

Clinicians Increasingly Ignoring Guidelines for Headaches

Clinicians are increasingly ordering advanced diagnostic imaging and referring patients to other physicians for the management of headache, despite recommendations in evidence-based guidelines against these practices.

Opioid Rx With State Drug Monitoring

In a new survey, nearly 75% of physicians believe that state prescription drug monitoring programs have led to a reduction in the prescribing of opioids.

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Prevalence, Characteristics of Persistent Pain

Estimated rates of chronic pain and measurements for assessment vary significantly in published research, making it difficult to identify potentially unmet needs for pain management.

Anesthesia Complications Drop by Half

Anesthesia-related complications in the United States have fallen by more than half, while the overall death rate has remained the same.

News

First Needle-Free, Patient-Controlled Fentanyl System Approved

The Medicines Company announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Ionsys (fentanyl iontophoretic transdermal system) for the short-term management of acute post-operative pain in adults requiring opioid analgesia in the hospital.

Cognitive Therapy for Insomnia Reduces Pain in Knee OA

CBT-I linked to reductions in pain; greater decrease for CBT-I than behavioral desensitization

Buprenorphine Given in ER Benefits Opioid Dependent More Than Referrals

Works better than simple referrals in opioid-dependent patients, researchers say

CDC: Expanding EMS Naloxone Use Will Save Lives

Allowing more emergency medical service (EMS) workers to administer the prescription drug naloxone could reduce the number of overdose deaths caused by opioids.

Greater Migraine Knowledge Needed Among PCPs

Many primary care providers are uncertain of how to best manage patients with migraine, despite being aware of the prevalence of the condition in the patients they treat, according to a study presented at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) 2015 meeting.

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