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PAINWeek and American Pain Society Return with REMS Training and Women’s Pain Track in 2014

Montclair, NJ (PRWEB) August 08, 2014

PAINWeek, the National Conference on Pain for Frontline Practitioners, announced today that the American Pain Society (APS) will return to the conference for the 3rd consecutive year to contribute its expertise in pain management to the agenda.

On Thursday, September 4, the APS will present its 3-hour educational activity that complies with the FDA’s Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) for Extended-Release and Long-Acting (ER/LA) Opioids. APS is a member of the Collaborative on REMS Education (CO*RE), and PAINWeek is excited to partner with them to provide this program to frontline practitioners. This activity is intended to increase the knowledge of prescribers of ER/LA opioids so that they can more confidently and effectively manage patients on these medications. The program will provide general and product-specific information for this class of medications. Topics specific to ER/LA opioid analgesics will be covered, including assessing patients for treatment; initiating therapy, modifying dose, and discontinuing use; managing ongoing therapy; and counseling patients and caregivers about safe use, storage, and disposal. REMS course faculty includes Charles Argoff, MD, of Albany Medical College, and Brett Badgley Snodgrass, MSN, FNP-BC, who is a lecturer with Fitzgerald Health Education Associates, Inc. This Live activity, entitled “Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) for Extended Release and Long-Acting Analgesic Opioids: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care,” with a beginning date of 09/04/2014, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 3.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

On Friday, September 5, PAINWeek will present the APS track entitled “New Developments in Evidence-Based Pain Assessment and Treatment,” which this year is devoted entirely to issues of pain in women. Roger Fillingim, PhD, immediate past President of the APS, heads the APS program activities at PAINWeek. He is Distinguished Professor, University of Florida College of Dentistry, and Director, UF Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence. “We are delighted to present the American Pain Society Track at PAINWeek 2014, our 3rd year in a row,” Dr. Fillingim said. “The theme for the APS Track this year is Pain in Women. Abundant evidence demonstrates a greater burden of chronic pain among women compared to men, and women seek care for their pain more frequently than men. However, chronic pain is typically not considered a women’s health issue. My presentation will open the track, and will make the case for pain as a women’s health issue, reviewing existing evidence that pain manifests differently in women than men. The remaining presentations will provide evidence-base information regarding several different pain conditions that are exclusive to women. Dr. Georgine Lamvu will discuss clinical profiles and their implications for treatment among women with vulvodynia. Dr. Jennifer Hah will discuss biopsychosocial factors in chronic pelvic pain, and Dr. Robert Edwards will discuss risk factors for chronic pain after treatment for breast cancer. This thematic series will provide frontline practitioners with up-to-date evidence-based information regarding pain in women.”

Among other enhancements to PAINWeek 2014, attendees will find a new course track exploring cannabinoid-based therapies for chronic pain, new course concentrations for nurse practitioners, and an expanded 3-day format for the highly popular Pain Educators Forum. Special attention will be given to NSAID and opioid safety, in view of the panoply of concerns that attend these treatment modalities.

About PAINWeek
PAINWeek is the largest US pain conference for frontline practitioners with an interest in pain management. Convening at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for its 8th year on September 2-6, 2014, PAINWeek expects to welcome over 2000 physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals for a comprehensive program of course offerings, satellite events, and exhibits. Over 120 hours of continuing medical education activities will be presented. To learn more and register for PAINWeek 2014, visit

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