Cleveland Clinic practitioners are divided over opioid restrictions
Some physicians at the Cleveland Clinic support FDA efforts to restrict opioid drug prescriptions while others are concerned the plan could harm patients who need long-term pain relief. Supporters of restrictive prescribing say misperceptions among clinicians lead to doses that are too high, but registered nurse and pain researcher Esther Bernhofer says proposed limits could "backfire and only harm the people who really need professional help." The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
Ky. law makes it easier for some patients to get pain drugs
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed into law a measure to make it easier for patients with terminal illnesses, along with those in hospitals and nursing homes, to get needed pain medication. Senate President Robert Stivers, a Republican, called the measure "a common-sense approach" to ensure there is no diversion of prescription pain drugs or drug abuse while providing pain relief. WDRB-TV/WMYO-TV (Louisville, Ky.)
Annual Scientific Meeting: New preconference symposium
The Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Roles in Chronic Pain Management & Research will be take place prior to the American Pain Society’s 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting on Wednesday, May 8. This full-day symposium will discuss both Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) approaches for the treatment of various pain conditions, as well as the application of advances in pain research (both clinical and basic) to improve the understanding of mechanisms underlying various CAM approaches. Advance registration is required. Learn more.
Continuing education course: Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies for Analgesic Opioids
The American Pain Society and the Collaborative for REMS Education (CO*RE) will present a 3-hour session on Saturday, May 11 in New Orleans at APS' 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting. This REMS course will provide prescribers with the education needed to effectively assess the pain patient, develop a treatment plan, assess for risk of opioid abuse, and plan for ongoing assessment of the patient. The REMS session is offered as a separate, no-cost session within the 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting. Learn more.
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