Pain Management

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Chronic pain sufferers advocate against stigma of prescription pain meds

For chronic pain sufferers, there is a real problem with the abuse of painkillers in the United States. While the number of patients who have a legitimate need for prescription painkillers — 100 million plus — is vastly more than the number of people addicted to painkillers — 11 million — there is a stigma attached to the prescribing, dispensing and utilization of pain medicines.

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Survey: Pain proves problematic when it comes to sleeping habits

Pain is proving to be a significant factor when it comes to sleeping patterns of Americans, according to a new poll by the National Sleep Foundation. Those suffering with chronic pain reported an average 42 minute sleep debt, whereas Americans who have experienced acute pain within the past week report a deficit of 14 minutes.

 

 

PUTTING A FACE ON PAIN MANAGEMENT

Chronic pain sufferer Dennis Kinch pens book to encourage pain community
Dennis Kinch lives by the motto, "Do what you can, when you can." These seven words have carried him through hardships and triumphs. In 2005-2006, they even spearheaded his crusade to walk the entire Route 66 to raise awareness about chronic pain.

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome patient Ellen Smith serves as advocate for pain relief
Ellen Smith has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a progressive degenerative connective tissue disorder characterized by joint hypermobility, skin extensibility and tissue fragility. Ellen knew from childhood she was unusually flexible and highly mobile, but thought nothing of it.

Gina Libby strives to improve pain medication legislation
At the age of 42, Gina Libby has lived with chronic pain for more than 20 years. Yet it hasn't stopped her from making an impact; she's on the front lines of pain advocacy, using her experience to influence healthcare policy and teach others. As a young girl, Gina was diagnosed with severe scoliosis, or curvature of the spine,

Former radio personality Radene Marie Cook rues 'fail first' treatment plans
For decades, Radene Marie Cook had two complimentary careers: she was a professional actress, dancer and singer, and she enjoyed a 16-year run as an on-air radio personality. But on March 16, 2000, all that changed. While working, her aircraft was hit by a "microburst."

 

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NACDS emphasizes collaboration to curb Rx abuse amid U.S. House panel hearing

Emphasizing the importance of promoting policies that improve patient outcomes and lead to healthier, safer communities, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores submitted a statement to the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health in lead-up to Tuesday’s hearing titled, “Examining Public Health Legislation to Help Patients and Local Communities.”

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Purdue Pharma launches Hysingla ER

Purdue Pharma on Monday announced the launch of Hysingla ER (hydrocodone bitartrate) extended-release tablets CII. According to the company, the once-daily drug is the first and only hydocodone product to be recognized by the Food and Drug Administration as having properties that deter misuse and abuse via chewing, snorting and injection.

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Egalet acquires pain products Oxaydo and Sprix

Egalet Corp. last week announced the licensing and acquisition of two pain products. Egalet has agreed to license worldwide rights to Oxaydo (oxycodone HCI, USP) tablets for oral use only -CII, the first and only approved immediate-release oxycodone product formulated to deter abuse via snorting from Acura Pharmaceuticals, the company stated.