Vanderbilt study finds use of methadone to treat pain carries increased risk of death

According to a recent study from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, outside the hospital, use of methadone to treat pain carries a 46% increased risk of death (or 77 excess deaths per 10,000 persons) when compared to the equally effective but more costly alternative, morphine SR.  The study’s first author, Wayne Ray, Ph.D., M.S., professor of […]

Study rates migraine medications

In a recent study of migraine medications, researchers concluded that a number of classes of drugs were effective for treating acute migraine.  These drugs include triptans, dihydroergotamine (DHE), many NSAIDS, butorphanol nasal spray, and the combination medications sumatriptan/naproxen and acetaminophen/aspirin/caffeine.  A number of other medications were found to be “probably effective” or possibly effective.” The […]

Patient groups launch ‘Fair Copay VA’ campaign to cap rising out-of-pocket costs for vital medications

Patient Services, Inc., an independent, national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps patients with chronic illnesses and conditions access their treatments and therapies, recently announced the launch of a new campaign, Fair Copay VA.  Led in partnership with other leading patient and provider groups in Virginia, the campaign intends to raise awareness about the impact of […]

Women’s pain: Common, treatable and often overlooked or mismanaged

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) recently conducted a literature review and issued the Women’s Pain Update to help raise awareness of the many options available to women for controlling both acute and chronic pain, and how a pain medicine specialist can help them choose the right treatment. A few of the findings in ASA’s […]

Early knee arthritis symptoms first felt when using stairs

According to a recent study out of the University of Leeds, those who suffer from knee pain when climbing stairs may be experiencing the early symptoms of osteoarthritis.  This finding was the result of a study of 4,673 people aimed at investigating which patient-reported activities are first associated with knee pain in order to improve […]