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.
The average lost time worker's compensation claim for workers using opioid painkillers can total as much as $117,000 — 900% higher than the cost for workers who do not take opioid painkillers, the National Safety Council says.
Illinois may be about to place a lock down on all prescribed hydrocodone painkillers.
The Florida Board of Pharmacy on Tuesday held a public hearing in an effort to help those patients gain access to medically necessary pain medications.
PUTTING A FACE ON PAIN MANAGEMENT
Chronic pain sufferer Dennis Kinch pens book to encourage pain community
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome patient Ellen Smith serves as advocate for pain relief
Gina Libby strives to improve pain medication legislation
Former radio personality Radene Marie Cook rues 'fail first' treatment plans
Pharmacy Quality Alliance has endorsed three new performance measures to assess the use of opioids.
Surescripts processed two-thirds of all new prescriptions in 2014, according to its annual report released Tuesday.
The Arthritis Foundation on Monday realigned its strategic focus to better aligned with consumer advocacy.
The Consumer Pain Advocacy Task Force recently requested the Department of Health and Human Services to begin the budget process for its National Pain Strategy to speed implementation.
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores on Wednesday announced that the Orlando Sentinel published a letter to the editor from NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson that outlines the way pharmacists approach complex prescription pain medication issues.
The drug is Food and Drug Administration-approved to treat opioid-induced constipation in adults with chronic, non-cancer pain.