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WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association is marking Pain Awareness Month by encouraging patients to talk with their pharmacists about pain and pain medications they're taking.
According to a recent report by the Institute of Medicine, more than 116 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, which costs the country up to $635 billion per year.
The APhA said that numerous medication therapies are available for pain, and as medication experts, pharmacists are able to work with patients, their physicians and other healthcare providers to ensure that patients use the appropriate medications, that they understand how to use them and achieve the best outcomes.