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Ninety Percent of Polled Pain Care Professionals Express Fear of Regulation

Delegates to PAINWeek 2007 Provide Sampling of Healthcare Professionals in

Context of Pain Management

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- When asked to assess their level of fear of government regulation of their pain management practices, nearly half of 200 health care professionals surveyed during PAINWeek 2007 said the threat of regulation had "significant" or "high" impact on their practice. Approximately 90 percent reported at least "low" impact.

The survey results come amid growing controversy surrounding use of opioids - the strongest class of painkillers - and physicians' willingness to prescribe them.

In March, the state of Washington became the first state in the nation to adopt a suggested daily limit on opioid doses.

"What is at stake here is the well-being of tens of millions of Americans who suffer with pain," explained American Society of Pain Educators Executive Director B. Eliot Cole, MD, MPA. "Clearly, increased regulation would have a disastrous, chilling effect on care givers' ability to manage patients' bona fide, diagnosed pain."

Additionally, when asked about the importance of putting oversight of medical decisions in the hands of medical professionals as opposed to law enforcement regulators, 69 percent of those surveyed called that "most important" to their ability to manage their patients' pain.

According to 43 percent of PAINWeek delegates, lack of adequate pain management education during their professional training has a high-impact on their ability to provide appropriate pain management to their patients.

Nearly a dozen national medical associations and 700 delegates devoted to the practice of pain management are gathered at PAINWeek 2007, the first conference of its kind, in Las Vegas. The four-day conference provides a unique environment for the participating organizations to share their expertise with frontline healthcare practitioners.

Participating organizations include The National Stroke Association (NSA), the American Headache Society (AHS), the National Fibromyalgia Research Association (NFRA), the American Society of Pain Educators (ASPE), the Rheumatology Nurses Society (RNS), Western Pain Society (WPS), Pain Society of Oregon (PSO), Trigeminal Neuralgia Association (TNA), Nevada Psychiatric Association (NPA), International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association (IMDHA) and the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine (AOAAM).

PAINWeek 2007, intended primarily for frontline clinicians such as physicians, nursing professionals, physician assistants, dentists, pharmacists, psychologists, and podiatrists, offers more than 70 sessions presented by the participating organizations and leading authorities in pain management.

The four-day conference offers the following course concentrations: Practicum in Pain Management, Pain Educators Forum, Fundamentals in Pain Management, and Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT), along with Behavioral and Electroanalgesia Tracks. Fundamentals in Pain Management have been developed specifically to help clinicians from California and Oregon meet their state mandates for pain management and end-of-life continuing medical education. The variety of session offerings allows practitioners to customize a curriculum relevant to their practice needs.

Adding to the roster of educational activities are courses supported by Cephalon, Eli Lilly and Company, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer Inc, Takeda North America, and TAP Pharmaceutical Products Inc. These programs will be presented in the areas of osteoarthritis fibromyalgia, breakthrough pain, NSAID-induced gastrointestinal toxicity, menstrual- associated migraines, and cultural differences. Endo is also supporting the National Initiative on Pain Control(R) (NIPC(R)). NIPC educational activities highlight the magnitude of the problems surrounding pain management, providing guidance in pain assessment and offering appropriate treatment strategies for helping healthcare professionals improve functionality and quality of life for their patients with pain.

About PAINWeek 2007

PAINWeek 2007 is a national conference held during September Pain Awareness Month, providing knowledge and tools for frontline practitioners who treat patients in pain. PAINWeek 2007 will convene at the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa in Las Vegas, September 6-9, 2007. PAINWeek is a mix of plenary and breakout sessions will provide patient and practice management strategies for practitioners in the primary care setting. PAINWeek is jointly sponsored by Aventine HealthSciences and Medical Education Collaborative. Aventine HealthSciences, a medical communications company focused on neuroscience and pain, is the designated management company for PAINWeek.

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