April 24, 2014

As part of the launch of DSN’s new microsite, DrugStoreNews.com/Pain-Management, DSN had the opportunity to speak with Carmen Catizone, executive director of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, regarding a new initiative that the association is spearheading to address the current patient access problem when it comes to pain management pharmaceuticals.

January 8, 2014

News stories about doctor shopping and prescription pad pilfering in pursuit of a pain-pill induced high have become commonplace, prompting many legislators and regulators to consider further restrictions on pain medicines like hydrocodone compounds. But there may be a story that’s not being told — that the patients who suffer from chronic pain and need that hydrocodone to reclaim their lives are being stigmatized. The prevalence of pain pill abuse has left in its wake as many as 116 million legitimate pain sufferers who are finding it more difficult to access their therapies.

January 2, 2014

One reason pain patient advocates are so passionate about what they do is because they are pain patients themselves — they know the stigma associated with chronic pain; they know how difficult it can be to access appropriate pain therapy sometimes. That’s the story of Gina Libby, volunteer pain patient advocate who has lived with chronic pain for more than 20 years.

August 25, 2014

Pharmaceutical company Iroko announced today that a new version its anti-inflammatory drug Zorvolex had been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

August 20, 2014

Wahl is differentiating itself from other products on the shelf through a new approach that combines a massager with hot-cold gel packs, helping to increase circulation and reduce swelling.

August 20, 2014

The lion’s share of the analgesics business may be in internal analgesics — sales of which totaled $3.6 billion, up 1.1% for the 52 weeks ended June 15 across total U.S. multi-outlets, according to IRI — but it’s alternative pain relievers that may represent the growth opportunity.

August 20, 2014

Who is the alternative analgesic pain consumer? “The majority of these people [in search of external pain relief] have chronic pain and are already taking prescriptions and using multiple methods of pain relief,” said Jenny McLaughlin, product manager for Walh Therapeutic Massagers. “Our research shows people are coming into the health-and-wellness area once a month.”

August 20, 2014

The entire external analgesic category is up 6.7%, reaching a base of $486.9 million across total U.S. multi-outlets for the 52 weeks ended June 15, according to IRI data. And Salonpas, with a 10.9% dollar share, is helping to drive that growth with positive sales gains of 28.7% to $52.9 million.

August 13, 2014

The Arthritis Society has partnered with McKesson Canada's four retail banners Guardian, I.D.A., PROXIM and the Medicine Shoppe Canada pharmacies to launch an exclusive pain management program to support Canadians living with arthritis directly in their communities.

 

July 8, 2014

NeuroMetrix on Tuesday announced that its wearable technology for treatment of chronic pain received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration for over-the-counter use.

June 12, 2014

Carex Health Brands on Thursday introduced AccuRelief Pain Relief Systems, a line of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy FDA–approved for full-body, over–the–counter use.

June 10, 2014

As many as 40% of U.S. narcotic prescriptions in 2011-2012 were written by only 5% of opioid prescribers, according to a study Express Scripts presented Monday at AcademyHealth's annual research meeting.

June 1, 2014

Suppliers are given the opportunity to showcase their products for retail buyers at the GMDC Health, Beauty and Wellness Marketing Conference. Below, Drug Store News highlights some of the hot OTC products in the showcase this year.

April 21, 2014

ABC News will be hosting a live twitter chat focusing on pain management on Tuesday, April 22, at 1 p.m., as part of the news agency's next ABC News National Tweet Chat.

March 25, 2014

The Drug Store News Group, the leading provider of news, information and clinical education for the retail pharmacy industry, has launched the new microsite, Drugstorenews.com/pain-management, to help bring attention to another tragic side of the prescription drug abuse story — the millions of Americans who live in chronic pain that may be unable to access the medications they need thanks to proposed changes in regulatory policy.

March 11, 2014

A survey by the National Pain Foundation of more than 300 people who live with chronic pain is shedding light on how chronic pain sufferers are treated by their healthcare providers.

February 25, 2014

New research released Tuesday found that when it comes to treating pain, a growing number of consumers know how to safely use medicines with acetaminophen and to avoid accidental overdose and liver damage.

January 29, 2014

Omron Healthcare on Tuesday announced the release of its new Pain Relief Pro electroTHERAPY unit.

December 11, 2013

First Aid Shot Therapy on Wednesday announced the launch of its F.A.S.T. Pain Relief product, a berry-flavored, single-dose, liquid relief shot.

December 9, 2013

BioElectronics on Monday announced that Boots will be selling its ActiPatch Pain Therapy products in select stores for back, knee and musculoskeletal ailments.

November 21, 2013

Vireo Systems on Thursday launched CanineActiv, a pain reliever for dogs that will serve as an alternative to NSAIDs.

October 28, 2013

Depomed has launched a new drug for breakthrough pain in cancer patients, the company said Monday.

October 3, 2013

A patient may be able to eat all of the ice cream he wants after having his tonsils removed, but researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit say he doesn't necessarily need a prescription to reduce post-operative pain — an over-the-counter pain reliever is just as effective.

September 13, 2013

Companies that make long-acting opioid painkillers will be required to conduct studies to assess their safety, while use of the drugs will be restricted, under new requirements from the Food and Drug Administration.