PAINWeek 2012

Adding SSRIs or SNRIs to Tapentadol Does Not Increase Adverse Events

Vincent Brett, MS, PharmD, of Janssen Scientific Affairs, Raritan, NJ, and colleagues presented a post-hoc analysis of pooled safety data at PAINWeek 2012, and found that adding tapentadol to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) resulted in no clinically relevant adverse drug interactions.

Monitoring Common and Uncommon Adverse Events of Adjuvant and Co-Analgesics

At PAINWeek 2012, Christopher M. Herndon, PharmD, BCPS, CPE, presented different management and monitoring parameters of adverse events in non-opioid adjuvant and co-analgesics. Dr. Herndon specifically covered four major drug classes, discussing their common and uncommon adverse effects: non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), acetaminophen (APAP), antidepressants, and anticonvulsants.

PAINWeek 2012 Conference Keynote Address: The Realities of Pain as a Public Health and Social Issue

Daniel B. Carr, MD, of Tufts University School of Medicine delivered a keynote address titled “Have We Been Backwards, Upside Down, or Both?” at the opening session for PAINWeek 2012. He advocated teaching about pain by emphasizing the reality of pain as population-based, inter-subjective, and with an important moral dimension, rather than beginning by focusing on nociceptors and the biochemistry of pain. This perspective will allow students to face difficult interactions in the clinic.