How Much Does It Hurt?
Zohydro is the new FDA-approved painkiller that some doctors think the FDA had no business approving. And in ERs across America, they’re anxiously awaiting the fallout.
You may know it as acetaminophen, paracetamol, APAP, or ... Tylenol. Today an FDA advisory panel recommended banning prescription drugs that contain acetaminophen, such as vicodin and percocet.
The panel of experts also voted to give acetaminophen a black box warning
, and reduce the maximum dosage of over-the-counter formulations. Acetaminophen is a popular painkiller by itself and, in combination with opiates, is the most commonly prescribed medication
in the US. [more inside]
Richard Paey Speaks
- An interview with the paraplegic man sentenced
to 25 years in prison for treating his own pain, but now out after a full pardon by the Florida Governor. [more inside]
was a former concert pianist and systems analyst who suffered from an autoimmune disease similar to lupus for over 20 years. The disease left her in constant pain
and made her allergic to most pharmaceutical painkillers. Only medical marijuana brought her relief, but last spring the DEA seized her medicine. Unable to cope with the chronic pain any longer, she committed suicide
on October 18th
. [Via Andrew Sullivan.]
Recognizing Pain Management
as a Fundamental Human Right
. These pieces from the journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society
argue that under-treated chronic pain
is becoming a public health crisis which must be addressed. But a warning to pain doctors in the U.S. who prescribe opioids
in doses that seem high to narcotics agents and prosecutors: “Be afraid.” [Via Hit & Run and TalkLeft.]
DEA wants to reclassify low grade painkillers as morphine equivilants.
The DEA, in all it's wisdom, has decided that the next target on the "war on drugs" is hydrocodone, the most commonly used prescription pain killer in the country. "Ah," you say..."but surely there's congressional oversight for that sort of radical change in the Drug Schedule." But you'd be wrong
. Funny old world when the budget and staff keeping getting bigger and bigger
and the only way they can win a battle is to chase the arthritic.
The war on drugs is unfairly targeting doctors who prescribe legal pain medication
to their patients who suffer from chronic pain, according to a spokeswoman of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
. She was speaking at a press conference of patient and physician advocacy groups
, sponsored by the Pain Relief Network
, in support of Dr. William Hurwitz
. Dr. Hurwitz
has been indicted and imprisoned for prescribing high doses of opioid pain relievers
, as have other pain-management doctors
. But these crackdowns may end up doing more harm than good to patients in chronic pain
. [More inside.]
Inside the JFK medical files.
Very interesting article from Sunday's NY Times (reg. req'd) about the long-term health of John F. Kennedy, from World War II to his death. Corresponding Yahoo News item here
also. [more inside...]