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Academy of Pain Medicine Announces Two-Day Course for Safe Prescribing for Your Primary Physician
Date:11/4/2011

GLENVIEW, Ill., Nov. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --On the cusp of the recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report about the growing death toll from prescription drug deaths, the physician leadership of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) announced its plans to roll-out a new education initiative:  Safe Opioid Prescribing: Reversing the Trends.

Debuting as a two-day course that will be held in Palm Springs, CA, in February 2012, the Safe Opioid Prescribing program is based on clinical research and data in the field of pain medicine that has been effective in minimizing the risks and reducing the number of deaths associated with opioid prescribing for chronic pain by educating family physicians, internists and other primary care clinicians.

"We have been deeply concerned about the serious public health problem of unintentional overdose deaths from prescription medications.  The Safe Opioid Prescribing program is one way we are actively seeking to make a difference in this issue by sharing our expertise with other clinicians, who may not be as aware of the most relevant information in prescribing and the practice of pain medicine," President Perry G. Fine, MD said.

As the lead clinical experts in the specialty of pain, the physician leaders from the American Academy of Pain Medicine have dedicated countless hours to problem-solving on this issue, including:

  • Collaborating with the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).
  • Working with Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and others to seek better pain care.
  • Providing clinical testimony to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) around the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for long-acting and extended-release opioid drugs.
  • Collaborating with the Federal State Medical Boards (FSMB) to effect responsible prescribing patterns among all physicians of every specialty.
  • Accrediting a second edition of AA
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