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2013-07-09 23:03:31

In response to the growing epidemic of pain pill overdoses throughout the United States, David G. Greenberg, M.D., MPH, and his team at http://www.painpillod.com are creating an Online National Pain Pill Overdose Memorial. Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) July 09, 2013 This Memorial, the first of its kind, is designed to honor and share the memories of unintentional overdose victims and to ensure their story is told. The Memorial will feature a graphical scrolling representation for each person who...

2013-07-09 21:26:51

Metal complex arrests elusive messenger “Pain begone!” In order to send out this signal, the human body produces tiny messenger molecules that dock to certain receptors. Using traditional biochemical methods, this interaction between the messengers, so-called enkephalins, and opioid receptors is very difficult to study. An interdisciplinary team of biochemists and inorganic chemists at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) has now succeeded in...

2013-07-09 08:30:10

CHICAGO, July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) has nominated the respiratory care department of Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas, for RT Magazine's "Best of Care" award. "Wesley Medical Center brought the percentage of moderate and severe patient-controlled analgesia adverse events progressing to code blue from 13 percent to zero percent," says Michael Wong, executive director of PPAHS. "Among the Medicare patients in US...

2013-07-05 23:02:16

Harvard-trained, board certified Pain Management Expert Reza Ghorbani, MD, ABIPP, FIPP discusses the epidemic of women overdosing on pain killers. Washington, District of Columbia (PRWEB) July 05, 2013 A July 2013 report from the Centers for Disease Control on women dying from prescription painkiller overdoses are shocking. However, not really surprising to medical professionals who see these powerful drugs, called opioids, abused everyday. Even so, when reading that the death rate for...

2013-07-02 23:21:56

PAINWeek, the National Conference on Pain for Frontline Practitioners, today announced that Day 3, Friday, September 6, of the 2013 conference will be designated Opioid Safety Day. A highlight of the Day will be “PROP vs PROMPT: A Clinical Debate on Long-Term Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Noncancer Pain." Montclair, NJ (PRWEB) July 02, 2013 PAINWeek, the National Conference on Pain for Frontline Practitioners, today announced that Day 3, Friday, September 6, of the 2013 conference...

2013-06-27 12:28:19

Drug Caused at Least 50 Fatalities This Year in Pennsylvania HARRISBURG, Pa., June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs issued a warning today about fentanyl and its derivative, acetyl fentanyl, a deadly drug that resembles heroin, but is much more potent and has caused 50 deaths in Pennsylvania this year. After recently confirming five overdoses, including one fatality, from the drug in Lebanon County, the department last week called upon...

2013-06-26 20:39:32

Patients in moderate to severe pain in emergency rooms across the U.S. are less likely to receive opioid pain medications if they are black, Hispanic, poor, or have less education, compared to more affluent patients, according to a University of Rochester Medical Center study reported in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The study took place against the backdrop of a national epidemic of narcotics abuse, combined with a need to satisfy patients’ legitimate complaints of pain....

2013-06-24 12:26:11

DUBLIN, June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/kzmqb4/pain_management) has announced the addition of the "Pain Management Treatment Markets" [http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/kzmqb4/pain_management ] report to their offering. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 ) Pain management drugs, or analgesics, can be categorized into three main modalities: acetaminophen, NSAIDs and...

2013-06-19 23:26:23

On June 3, 2013, the International Adhesions Society (IAS) presented recommendations to the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC), advocating for efforts to address gender disparity in access to pain relief and for expedited FDA approval of opioid alternatives, such as physical therapy, psychotherapy, and new pain relieving medical devices. Dallas, TX (PRWEB) June 19, 2013 At a meeting on June 3, 2013 of the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC), a...

2013-06-19 08:29:50

NKTR-181 rates similar to placebo on "drug liking" and "feeling high" scores at all doses studied and differentiates from the widely abused drug oxycodone with high statistical significance (p SAN DIEGO, June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Nektar Therapeutics (Nasdaq: NKTR) today announced positive top-line results from a human abuse liability (HAL) study for NKTR-181, a first-in-class, opioid analgesic molecule with a slow rate of entry into the brain. This slow rate of entry is...