APS 2012: Chronic Pain

APS 2012: Chronic Pain

Physicians Challenged with Tapering Patients on High Dose Opioids for Chronic Noncancer Pain

Legislation recently enacted in the State of Washington to moderate opioid dosing in light of a 240% increase in deaths between 2001 and 2009 is placing physicians in the position of negotiating with patients with chronic noncancer pain to taper doses, a panel of physicians noted during the American Pain Society’s 31st Annual Scientific Meeting.

Diclofenac Sodium 1% Gel Minimizes Drug-Drug Interaction-Related Adverse Events

Minimal systemic distribution of topical diclofenac sodium gel resulted in a lower incidence of major or moderate drug-drug interactions associated with oral diclofenac and reduced the risk of drug interaction-related adverse events. Study results were reported by Matthew Wieman, MD, from Endo Pharmaceuticals, John H. Peniston, DO, from Novartis Consumer Health, and colleagues at the American Pain Society’s 31st Annual Scientific Meeting.

Vitamin D Deficiency Associated With Increased Osteoarthritis Symptoms and Reduced Pain Threshold

Study investigators presented data from the UPLOAD (Understanding Pain & Limitations in OsteoArthritic Disease) study at the American Pain Society’s 31st Annual Scientific Meeting demonstrating that hydroxyvitamin D levels <25ng/mL were associated with an increase in osteoarthritis (OA) symptoms and a decreased threshold for pressure pain.