CVS To Limit Opioid Prescriptions To 7 Days For New Patients

As part of CVS’s commitment to fighting the national opioid abuse epidemic, CVS is:

  •  limiting to seven days the supply of opioids dispensed for certain acute prescriptions for patients who are new to therapy;
  • limiting the daily dosage of opioids dispensed based on the strength of the opioid; and
  • requiring the use of immediate-release formulations of opioids before extended-release opioids are dispensed.

https://cvshealth.com/newsroom/press-releases/cvs-health-fighting-national-opioid-abuse-epidemic-with-enterprise-initiatives

Chronic Pain As A Global Health Issue

This authors suggest that chronic pain should be considered a global health priority as 1 in 5 people suffer from some form of long term pain. Arthritis, nerve damage, and cancer pain are the leading causes of chronic pain.

Pain as a global public health priority

  • Daniel S Goldberg and Summer J McGee
BMC Public Health201111:770

https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-11-770

Virtual Reality for Pain Relief: Is It More Than Just Distraction?

Dr. Anita Gupta of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in New Jersey, has written in the journal Pain Medicine that “in addition to distraction, there are novel mechanisms for VR treatment in pain, such as producing neurophysiologic changes related to conditioning and exposure therapies.”

https://www.painweek.org/news_posts/virtual-reality-and-pain-response-in-patients-not-just-a-distraction.html

Multiple Federal Agencies Partner To Study Pain Relief

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are focusing on finding solutions to chronic pain in veterans. Twelve research projects will be funded, several of which have been awarded.

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/federal-agencies-partner-military-veteran-pain-management-research