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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Report: Teen narcotic painkiller use can raise adult addiction risk

HealthDay is reporting that researchers fromt the University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center have found that a person’s use of narcotic painkillers as a teen raises their risk of abuse as an adult by 33%. “Most likely, the initial experience of pain relief is pleasurable and a safe initial experience may reduce perceived danger,” the study’s author Richard Miech said. “A pleasurable and safe initial experience with a drug is a central factor in theories of who goes on to misuse drugs.” (HealthDay)



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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Category evolves from relief into prevention

With an estimated 60 million people in the United States experiencing heartburn at least once a month, and more than 15 million suffering from it daily, products to treat the condition have become more sophisticated, and the battle for supremacy in the $2.18 billion-a-year antacid tablets market has grown more heated.

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NYT: FDA's decision to extend Oxycontin access to pediatrics called into question

The New York Times outlines the controversy surrounding the recent FDA approval of Oxycontin in children. “Just because OxyContin has been abused or prescribed inappropriately doesn’t mean we should deprive the children who need the drug,” Kathleen Neville, pediatric oncologist at Arkansas Children's Hospital told The New York Times, adding it is “our obligation to have the best level of evidence for its use in children.” (The New York Times)



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Report: Florida pharmacy board adopts rule change on controlled substances

According to CBS Miami, the Florida Board of Pharmacy has adopted a rule change that looks to help pharmacists ensure that patients who need prescribed controlled substances can get them. “Instead of starting out with trying to find a reason to doubt a prescription, you start off with an assumption that everything in the prescription is good, and you work towards achieving patient access,” Florida Pharmacy Association EVP Michael Jackson said. (CBS Miami)