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.
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
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.”
Medtronic announces the U.S. launch of the Intellis platform for management of certain types of chronic intractable pain which can be managed on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 tablet interface.
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.
Lady Gaga has had to cancel a recent tour to Brazil citing severe pain. She has written about her struggles with fibromyalgia in the past.
A presentation at the American Academy of Pediatrics this week discusses the increase in adverse effects of opioids among hospitalized children, with withdrawal symptoms being the most common.
Coleen Dever, MSN, AGCNS-BC, CEN, TRCN, of Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, Del reviews the management of acute pain in patients already addicted to opioids.
September/October Journal of Trauma Nursing, official publication of the Society of Trauma Nurses.
Conclusion of study: “Periarticular infiltration is a viable and safe alternative to femoral nerve block for the early post-operative relief of pain following TKA”
(TKA – total knee arthroplasty).
Cite this article: Bone Joint J 2017;99-B:904–11.