How cancer introduces a paradoxical treatment of chronic pain in America

The difference between my pain and that of a cancer patient is one small word called “non”. If the word “non” is part of my diagnosis, then it unequivocally engenders nearly all facets of my treatment.

Scott Gottlieb’s glib rhetoric won’t stop chronic pain patients from speaking up and asserting their rights.

In a report by Pat Anson published in Pain News Network on July 9, 2018 concerning the FDA Public Hearing with chronic pain patients, a rather cautious hopefulness is expressed in her final remarks: “Unfortunately, the fact remains that there are still too many prescriptions being written for opioids,” FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, said …

A necessary renaissance of “Primum non nocere”

We in the intractable pain community have rightfully adopted and adapted “First, Do No Harm” in an effort to emphasize the disasterous consequences of the 2016 CDC Prescribing Guidelines for Chronic Pain. By declaring an Opioid Epidemic/Crisis, the federal government and many states have made the decision to blindly enforce the CDC recommendations. Within one year, they have sewn the seeds for another devastating watershed: the Opioid Refugee Crisis.

Utilizing the palliative care “loophole” in chronic pain management

DEA rings in 2018 with fear-mongering resolutions The DOJ is successfully escalating angst among general practitioners, already reluctant to prescribe narcotics above guidelines established by the CDC out of fear of being targeted as outliers by the DEA. In turn many patients with intractable pain are forced to “make due” with what pain medication they …