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Assessing the HHS Draft Report on Pain Management Best Practices: The Pain Physician’s Perspective
Assessing the HHS Draft Report on Pain Management Best Practices: The Pain Physician’s PerspectiveAugust 2, 2019 2:21 pmLast December, the Department of Health and Human Services Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force released a draft report in an effort to help stem the tide of opioid use nationwide. In May, the task force voted to adopt its final draft recommendations.Read More
DEA tracked every opioid pill sold in the US. The data is out—and it’s horrific
DEA tracked every opioid pill sold in the US. The data is out—and it’s horrificJuly 22, 2019 2:18 pmJust three drug makers and six distributors were behind the flood.Read More
Before starting your own practice, do these 3 things first
Before starting your own practice, do these 3 things firstJuly 22, 2019 2:17 pmIf you’re a young doctor reading this, chances are you are employed by someone else. Your paycheck may come from a hospital system or a group of other doctors, but you’re not your own boss. This may be working out just fine for you...Read More
Lack of Evidence for Treating Chronic Pain in Children
Lack of Evidence for Treating Chronic Pain in ChildrenJuly 22, 2019 2:15 pmThere is a lack of evidence on the efficacy and safety of pharmacological treatments for chronic pain in children, according to research published online June 19 in PAINRead More
Workplace violence in the health care setting is a public health emergency
Workplace violence in the health care setting is a public health emergencyJuly 22, 2019 2:13 pmHealth care providers may have one of the most dangerous jobs out there — and it is only getting worse. Nearly 74 percent of workplace assaults occur in the health care setting, and health care accounts for almost as many serious violent injuries as all other industries combined.Read More
My Advice to Early-Career Physicians: Don’t Play It Safe!
My Advice to Early-Career Physicians: Don’t Play It Safe!July 22, 2019 2:11 pmMilton Packer recommends a contrarian path for career developmentRead More
Novel, Orally Dissolving Agent May Offer More Rapid Migraine Pain Relief
Novel, Orally Dissolving Agent May Offer More Rapid Migraine Pain ReliefJuly 22, 2019 2:11 pmAn orally dissolving tablet (ODT) formulation of an acute migraine drug in development may offer more rapid relief from migraine pain, new research suggests.Read More
A peek into opioid users’ brains as they try to quit
A peek into opioid users’ brains as they try to quitJuly 12, 2019 3:55 pmOne question researchers want to answer: Do addiction medications do more than ease cravings and withdrawal symptoms? Read More
Reviewing Off-Label Uses of Gabapentinoids
Reviewing Off-Label Uses of GabapentinoidsJuly 12, 2019 3:54 pmAs part of current efforts to reduce unnecessary opioid consumption, clinicians have increasingly prescribed gabapentinoids for a range of pain disorders. The use of these agents more than tripled between 2002 and 2015, although they have received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for pain syndromes that may not account for this trend...Read More
Why is it so difficult for Americans to make doctors’ appointments?
Why is it so difficult for Americans to make doctors’ appointments?July 12, 2019 3:53 pmJill Ladkin was already having a terrible autumn. It began with a seizure that put her in the hospital with what seemed like scores of unfamiliar physicians attending to her state of health...Read More

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