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Opioid Safety and Efficacy Web Resource for Clinicians Supports Education and Practice Needs
Date:2/13/2009

MORRISVILLE, Pa., Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- As the FDA and pharmaceutical manufacturers contemplate the development of new risk evaluation and mitigation plans for extended release opioids, thousands of clinicians who treat patients with chronic pain have already discovered a resource that supports the safe and effective use of opioid treatments.

Emerging Solutions in Pain (www.emergingsolutionsinpain.com) is a multi-award winning, web-based repository that provides multidisciplinary practitioners with scientific and clinical evidence, validated tools, and access to pain and addiction medicine experts, to optimize pain management patient outcomes while minimizing the risks associated with prescription abuse, misuse, and diversion. In just three years, ESP has developed a loyal and ever growing group of more than 6,000 multidisciplinary users who have integrated the site's resources into their armamentarium of practice supports.

"The undertreatment of pain and the increasing rate of abuse of prescription pain medicines constitute national epidemics that result in significant public health burdens," says Joan Meyer, president of MediCom Worldwide, Inc., the educational organization that developed and maintains the ESP website.

"It is essential to address how to balance the unmet needs of patients living with inadequately treated pain with the potential for the treatments for that pain to be diverted, misused and abused," explains Meyer. "MediCom has specialized in this therapeutic arena."

Bronwyn Boyes, manager for the website, feels that the success of ESP stems from unique relationships and insights educating pain management practitioners that are earned only with experience, enabling the development of high-impact, effective educational programs that are based directly on practitioner input. "We monitor a range of performance indicators to make sure we are constantly improving the program we deliver. At present, site subscribers spend an average of 18 minutes on the site. When you consider how busy clinicians are that fact alone tells us that there is both a need for the information and clinicians are highly motivated to improve their practice."

Both Meyer and Boyes agree that the web resource meets practitioner's needs in a way that traditional symposia and publications cannot. "We are an 'on-demand' society. Meetings and publications will always be an important component in continuing medical education but when a clinician needs information to deal with a specific patient problem, they want answers at their fingertips in an array of formats to suit their learning preferences. And Emerging Solutions in Pain is a forerunner in immediately available and current information and resources when it comes to appropriate use of opioid medications and risk minimization strategies," says Meyer.

The most recent demographic analysis of the range of disciplines represented by current members reveals that 53% are physicians, 25% are nurses, with the remaining 22% split among pharmacists, psychologists, dentists, social services and other health care professionals. The majority of practitioners work in pain management (33%) with family practice and anesthesiology each contributing 19% to the total. In all, there are more than a dozen specialties represented in the ESP membership.

About MediCom Worldwide, Inc. (www.medicomworldwide.com)

MediCom Worldwide is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians, approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education to provide pharmacy continuing education, and approved by the California State Board of Registered Nursing to provide nursing continuing education.

About Emerging Solutions in Pain (www.emergingsolutionsinpain.com)

The Emerging Solutions in Pain program is a multimedia initiative currently consisting of

  • A web-based resource that houses an extensive array of information, tools, and continuing education materials
  • A disease awareness exhibit program that travels to major conferences distributing information and tools, collecting feedback, and recruiting members
  • Accredited, live symposia and educational activities featuring experts in clinical practice
  • A print monograph series, distributed in conjunction with leading pain publications.


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