FDA requires new warnings for epidural corticosteroid injections

Epidural injections of corticosteroids are often used to treat pain despite that being an off-label use of the drug.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has responded to this use, reminding anesthesiologists and pain management practitioners that the FDA has not approved corticosteroids for such purpose.  Further, these injections run the rare risk for […]

ESCAPE trial finds nurse-led pain therapy beneficial

According to a recent study, the psychological distress of chronic pain patients can be mitigated by receiving nurse-led pain therapy.  Those with chronic pain may receive support from many people in their lives, but according to lead author Marianne Matthias, PhD, the value of nurses in particular lies both with their ability to deliver cognitive-behavioral […]

Pain tolerance linked to genetics

Identifying whether a patient has one of four genes could help doctors to better understand a patient’s perception of pain.  In a study of 2,721 people diagnosed with chronic pain, researchers compared pain perception with four genes, COMT, DRD2, DRD1 and OPRK1.  Patients with the DRD1 gene variant were 33% more likely to have low […]

FDA advisory committee votes against approving Moxduo

A key advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has voted 14-0 against approving Moxduo, a new painkiller that is the first drug to combine morphine and oxycodone into one capsule.  According to QRxPharma, the developer of the Moxduo, the drug would provide fast relief for millions of patients suffering from moderate to […]

Engage, Educate, and Protect: Sign up for our ER/LA opioid REMS program today to earn 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

A small investment of your time can make a lifetime of difference to your patients, your practice, and your community. Opioid misuse and abuse is increasingly becoming a major cause of injury and death in the US. The FDA is recommending that all current prescribers of ER/LA opioids complete a free educational program to make […]