The American Academy of Pain Management (The Academy) Announces New Tiered Membership Program

As the premier pain management organization for all clinicians who care for people with pain, the Academy is pleased to announce the launch of a tiered membership program beginning on November 1. The new membership structure has been designed to make membership more affordable for many of our current members, attract valuable new members, and […]

FDA approves new anti-abuse label for Embeda

Excerpt:  The Food and Drug Administration has approved new labeling for Pfizer’s Embeda extended-release capsules, an opioid pain reliever that combines morphine with naltrexone to discourage drug abuse.  When taken properly, Embeda relieves pain by releasing only the morphine in the capsule. But when the capsule is crushed, the naltrexone in Embeda blocks some of […]

Common anesthetic can reduce chronic pain after mastectomy

More than two-thirds of women who have undergone mastectomies struggle with chronic pain after their surgeries, but new research may have discovered a way to change that.  Breast cancer patients who receive a common local anesthetic, intravenous (I.V.) lidocaine, during surgery are less likely to experience chronic pain following mastectomy.  The study of 61 women […]

Patients with catastrophizing disorder more likely to develop chronic pain after surgery

According to new research, patients with a psychological cognitive disorder known as catastrophizing are more likely to develop persistent, chronic pain after surgery.  To evaluate the relationship between catastrophizing and chronic post-surgical pain, researchers conducted a systematic literature review and meta-analysis of seven studies totaling 661 patients, all of whom had undergone total-knee replacement.  The […]

First comprehensive neurostimulation guidance unveiled

The Neuromodulation Appropriateness Consensus Committee (NACC) has released the first comprehensive guidance on best practices for neurostimulation for chronic pain.  The guidelines were published in Neuromodulation and cover four areas: Appropriate use of neurostimulation of the spinal cord and peripheral nervous system; Stimulation of the intracranial and extracranial space and head; Avoidance and treatment of […]