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Pain Medicine News (PMN), is designed to meet the needs of the spectrum of physicians involved in managing pain, including pain specialists, primary care physicians, physiatrists, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, rheumatologists, oncologists, etc., and is mailed to 50,612 pain-treating physicians that are the highest-prescribers of pain medication in these specialties. This medical newspaper offers extensive coverage of pain related presentations at major clinical meetings and feature articles on topics relevant to practicing clinicians. PMN also presents in-depth clinical reviews written by thought leaders, cutting-edge practice management articles, medical education and CME activities.

The American Academy of Pain Medicine authored best practices to manage pain, improve access to care and avoid disruptio...
05/07/2020
AAPM Issues Best Practices for COVID-19 Pandemic

The American Academy of Pain Medicine authored best practices to manage pain, improve access to care and avoid disruptions in treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A panel of experts has authored recommendations for best practices to manage pain, improve access to care and avoid disruptions in treatment, and keep clinicians and pain patients safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Low doses of opioids before SCS surgery may be okay, according to a new study. Pain Medicine News spoke with Andrew Pisa...
05/07/2020
Lower Doses of Pre-op Opioids May Be Fine For SCS Implantation Surgery

Low doses of opioids before SCS surgery may be okay, according to a new study. Pain Medicine News spoke with Andrew Pisansky, MD, to learn more.

Despite the known negative impacts of preoperative opioids on orthopedic surgeries, it may not always be necessary to wean patients completely off the opioids they’re currently taking to manage their chronic pain in the months leading up to spinal cord stimulator implantation.

Neuromodulation shown effective in reducing OIC symptoms.
05/07/2020
Neuromodulation Shown to Benefit Patients With OIC

Neuromodulation shown effective in reducing OIC symptoms.

Three different types of neuromodulation demonstrated effectiveness in reducing the symptoms of opioid-induced constipation in a rat model, paving the way for further research.

Laboratory testing & imaging requirements can be a stumbling block for care during social distancing. So, the U.S. Food ...
05/06/2020
FDA Updates REMS Policy on Access To Opioids During COVID-19 Pandemic

Laboratory testing & imaging requirements can be a stumbling block for care during social distancing. So, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a temporary policy to make REMS requirements a little easier.

The FDA announced a temporary policy for certain Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy requirements for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency that has important implications for patients taking opioids.

The use of a rheumatology drug as treatment for COVID-19 has caused access concerns in the lupus and rheumatoid arthriti...
05/05/2020
Use as COVID-19 Treatment Worsens Hydroxychloroquine Shortages for Rheumatology Patients

The use of a rheumatology drug as treatment for COVID-19 has caused access concerns in the lupus and rheumatoid arthritis communities.

A run on a rheumatology drug increasingly being used as a treatment for COVID-19 has led to panic in the lupus and rheumatoid arthritis community, as patients already taking hydroxychloroquine are finding it in short supply.

05/05/2020

Study finds little statistical difference in the occurrence of complications between those who use low dosages of opioids before SCS implantation surgery & those who do not. Watch the full video here:https://bit.ly/2YDzQZO

Methylnaltrexone was found effective for OIC in patients with other severe illnesses.
05/05/2020
Methylnaltrexone Highly Effective for OIC With Or Without Active Cancer

Methylnaltrexone was found effective for OIC in patients with other severe illnesses.

For cancer patients with opioid-induced constipation, a single dose of subcutaneous methylnaltrexone was found to be very effective in producing a rescue-free bowel movement within four hours, according to a new study.

A look at clinical experience with a non-opioid local analgesic alternative for postsurgical pain management.
05/05/2020
Clinical Experience With a Non-Opioid Local Analgesic Alternative For Postsurgical Pain Management in the Ambulatory Setting

A look at clinical experience with a non-opioid local analgesic alternative for postsurgical pain management.

Postsurgical pain management is a key factor in migrating procedures to the ambulatory surgery center (ASC). This monograph details the extensive experience that anesthesiologists and surgeons have with the use of liposomal bupivacaine in various surgical procedures in the ASC through a variety of a...

“Opioid addiction is a real problem in our country, and those who are addicted need to seek out proper treatment from a ...
05/04/2020
FDA Cracks Down on Illegal CBD Products With Opioid Addiction Treatment Claims

“Opioid addiction is a real problem in our country, and those who are addicted need to seek out proper treatment from a health care provider.”

The FDA issued warning letters to two companies for illegally selling unapproved products containing cannabidiol in ways that violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

Cancer patients who report higher levels of anxiety and depression experience more intense pain without social support.
05/01/2020
Social Support Helps Lessen Anxiety, Effects on Cancer Pain

Cancer patients who report higher levels of anxiety and depression experience more intense pain without social support.

Patients with cancer who report higher levels of anxiety and depression experience more intense pain associated with their diseases, according to a new study.

Professional organizations are producing tool kits of palliative care strategies and protocols during the COVID-19 pande...
04/30/2020
Palliative Care’s Evolving Guidelines During the COVID-19 Crisis

Professional organizations are producing tool kits of palliative care strategies and protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the COVID-19 crisis, palliative care clinicians and nurses are sharing their expertise with internists, ICU, emergency department and triage staff.

The ASA provided updates and details on economic relief funding and the current plan for resuming elective surgeries.
04/29/2020
ASA COVID-19 Town Hall: Road Map for Elective Surgery

The ASA provided updates and details on economic relief funding and the current plan for resuming elective surgeries.

The ASA held its weekly town hall webinar on Thursday, April 16, to provide updates and details on economic relief funding and the current plan for resuming elective surgeries.

Low back pain? Tai chi can be a safe and effective treatment for older adults.
04/29/2020
Tai Chi Shows Promise for LBP in the Elderly

Low back pain? Tai chi can be a safe and effective treatment for older adults.

A new feasibility study demonstrated that tai chi was a safe and effective treatment in an older low back pain population, although the researchers said steps would be required before a large-scale study can be conducted.

Individuals with chronic pain may have abnormal levels of 11 biomarkers related to metabolites and nutrient deficiencies...
04/29/2020
Biomarkers May Indicate Chronic Pain, Aid Personalized Treatment

Individuals with chronic pain may have abnormal levels of 11 biomarkers related to metabolites and nutrient deficiencies.

People who suffer from chronic pain may have abnormal levels of 11 biomarkers related to metabolites and nutrient deficiencies, according to a new study.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Fresenius Kabi USA is voluntarily recalling 13 lots of ketorolac trometh...
04/28/2020
Ketorolac Injection Voluntarily Recalled

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Fresenius Kabi USA is voluntarily recalling 13 lots of ketorolac tromethamine injection USP due to particulate matter.

The FDA announced Fresenius Kabi USA is voluntarily recalling 13 lots of ketorolac tromethamine injection USP due to the presence of particulate matter.

The ASA President highlighted the society's efforts to advocate for more economic relief for physician practices.
04/28/2020
ASA COVID-19 Town Hall: Economic Relief for Physician Practices

The ASA President highlighted the society's efforts to advocate for more economic relief for physician practices.

The ASA president detailed the society's efforts to advocate for more economic relief for physician practices, during the weekly ASA town hall on COVID-19.

Good news for pain research study finds no evidence of publication bias.
04/27/2020
Study Finds Pain Journals Not Subject To Publication Bias

Good news for pain research study finds no evidence of publication bias.

An analysis of more than a thousand articles from nine pain journals concluded that there is no evidence of publication bias among randomized controlled trials appearing in the literature.

Professional organizations are producing tool kits of palliative care strategies and protocols during the COVID-19 pande...
04/24/2020
Palliative Care’s Evolving Guidelines During the COVID-19 Crisis

Professional organizations are producing tool kits of palliative care strategies and protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the COVID-19 crisis, palliative care clinicians and nurses are sharing their expertise with internists, ICU, emergency department and triage staff.

COVID-19: The DEA is increasing APQ’s for controlled substance medication needed for COVID-19 treatment.
04/23/2020
DEA Ramps Up Opioid Production Needed for COVID-19 Care

COVID-19: The DEA is increasing APQ’s for controlled substance medication needed for COVID-19 treatment.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is increasing aggregate production quotas available to pharmaceutical manufacturers for the production of controlled substance medications that are in high demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) says there is currently no evidence in medical literature of adverse events when pat...
04/23/2020
WHO: No Evidence of Bad Outcomes From NSAID Use in COVID-19 Patients

The World Health Organization (WHO) says there is currently no evidence in medical literature of adverse events when patients with COVID-19 take NSAIDs.

There is no evidence in the medical literature of adverse events when patients with COVID-19 take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, according to a new scientific brief from the World Health Organization.

Mistakenly taking oral methotrexate daily instead of weekly can have deadly consequences.
04/21/2020
Despite Deadly Threat, Methotrexate Timing Mix-ups Still Happen

Mistakenly taking oral methotrexate daily instead of weekly can have deadly consequences.

Mistakenly taking oral methotrexate daily instead of weekly can be deadly for patients who have rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis or other autoimmune diseases.

Here’s how you can prevent last year’s top 10 med errors and hazards:
04/20/2020
Top 10 List of Med Errors and Hazards

Here’s how you can prevent last year’s top 10 med errors and hazards:

What are the top 10 medication and safety errors listed by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices?

Mind–body therapies may reduce pain and opioid dosing.
04/17/2020
Mind–Body Therapies May Reduce Pain, Opioid Dose

Mind–body therapies may reduce pain and opioid dosing.

Mind–body therapies can achieve moderate improvements in pain and small reductions in opioid dose, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Planning to repurpose your anesthesia machines as ICU ventilators? Here’s what you need to know:
04/16/2020
Good Option for Ventilator Shortage: Repurpose Anesthesia Machines

Planning to repurpose your anesthesia machines as ICU ventilators? Here’s what you need to know:

A team of industrious physician anesthesiologists has figured out how anesthesia machines can be safely repurposed to help increase the nation’s ability to treat patients with COVID-19.

The DEA is increasing APQ’s for the production of controlled substance medications in high demand due to the COVID-19 pa...
04/15/2020
DEA Ramps Up Opioid Production Needed for COVID-19 Care

The DEA is increasing APQ’s for the production of controlled substance medications in high demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is increasing aggregate production quotas available to pharmaceutical manufacturers for the production of controlled substance medications that are in high demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Disruptive behavior was mostly associated with systemic stresses and involved physicians with no history of abusive beha...
04/15/2020
Disruptive Behavior Mostly Arises From Systemic Causes, Study Finds

Disruptive behavior was mostly associated with systemic stresses and involved physicians with no history of abusive behavior.

A new study looking at the root causes of disruptive behavior found that most reported cases of disruptive behavior were associated with systemic stresses in the clinical environment.

Experts offer strategies for combating this "unprecedented" shortage of ventilator support drugs: lighter sedation, vent...
04/14/2020
Demand for Ventilator Drugs ‘Unprecedented’

Experts offer strategies for combating this "unprecedented" shortage of ventilator support drugs: lighter sedation, ventilator tweaking, alternative agents can make a difference.

There is a danger that there won’t be enough critical sedatives, opioids and paralytic drugs to facilitate mechanical ventilation in COVID-19 patients.

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