New app helps patients with chronic pain safely monitor opioid use

The My Opioid Manager (MyOM) app, developed at Toronto Rehab, University Health Network, helps patients with chronic, non-cancer pain, such as osteoarthritis and low back pain, understand uses of opioids and the side effects and risks; track their pain and opioid use; and easily share information about their chronic pain with their health-care team.  The […]

Kaléo and Clinton Health Matters Initiative: partnering to save lives

In an effort to cut prescription drug-related deaths in half and save approximately 10,000 lives, Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) is joining forces with Kaléo, maker of EVZIO, a take-home naloxone auto-injector that patients, family members, and other caregivers can have close by in case an opioid overdose occurs.  When an overdose occurs, a person’s […]

GW Pharmaceuticals and Otsuka announce results in first of three Sativex phase 3 cancer pain trials

GW Pharmaceuticals plc and Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. recently reported the top-line results from the first of three Phase 3 trials for the investigational product Sativex in the treatment of pain in patients with advanced cancer who experience inadequate analgesia during optimized chronic opioid therapy.  The drug did not meet the primary endpoint […]

VQ OrthoCare introduces Avid IF 2 to product lineup

VQ OrthoCare, a provider of non-invasive, non-drug medical solutions, has introduced the Avid IF 2TM to its lineup of electrotherapy products.  The new product is a portable interferential device designed to relieve acute pain, manage chronic pain, relax muscle spasms, maintain range of motion, and increase circulation. The Avid IF 2 is available by prescription […]

Commonly prescribed painkiller not effective in controlling lower back pain

Pregabalin is not effective in controlling the pain associated with lumbar spinal stenosis, according to a recently published study.  Pregabalin (Lyrica) is approved to treat chronic pain associated with shingles, spinal cord injury, fibromyalgia, and diabetic peripheral neuropathy.  However, it is often prescribed as an “off label” treatment for chronic lower back pain–often in an […]