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International Adhesions Society Renews Call for Pain Treatment Alternatives and Welcomes CDC Warnings about Alarming Prescription Drug Deaths in U.S. Women
Date:7/11/2013

ts, including 2399 (92%) women, and supported by nine other patient advocacy groups. Over 85% of these patients had used opioids for more than 3 months, and over 70% for more than one year. Side effects were moderate in 27% of patients and severe and intolerable in 21%. Even though side effects can occur at any dose, 24% of patients were taking what are considered high doses of opioids, more than the equivalent of 100mg of morphine daily.

States Dr. Wiseman, Founder of the IAS, “Pain management in America is based on the flawed notion that drugs are the best method for pain relief, and that opioids are the drugs of choice.” Dr. Wiseman continues, “It is time we wean ourselves from opioids by funding, developing and facilitating access to pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical alternatives to opioids. We welcome and endorse CDC’s recommendation that health care providers discuss pain treatment options that do not involve prescription drugs.“

Accordingly, the IAS renews its call for expedited FDA and reimbursement approval for newly developed alternatives to opioids as well as expanded reimbursement for existing alternatives such as physical and psycho-therapy. Opioid abuse, misuse, addiction and side effects cost society over $56 billion per year, providing a financial as well as medical incentive to pursue alternatives to opioids.

The IAS also contends that simply imposing stricter limits on opioid prescription labeling, currently being considered by FDA, would curtail access to opioids for millions of chronic pain patients who have few alternatives. According to the aforementioned IAS survey, these proposed limits would render opioid use “off-label” in over 92% of chronic pain patients and reduce access to, or reimbursement for opioids in over 80% of them. “We agre
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