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Jefferson School of Population Health joins the Alliance for Rational Use of NSAIDs
Date:9/30/2013

EUGENE, Ore., Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Jefferson School for Population Health today joined the Alliance for Rational Use of NSAIDs, a growing coalition of patient and provider organizations committed to supporting the safe and appropriate use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The announcement comes at the tail end of Pain Awareness Month, during which the Alliance and the Jefferson School have been very active in outreach and education to consumers, physicians and pharmacists about the proper use of NSAIDs.

"The Jefferson School of Population Health is proud to join the Alliance for Rational Use of NSAIDs," said David B. Nash, MD, MBA, Dean of the School of Population Health. "NSAIDs are a regular part of life for many. It's critical for patients to understand the risks and for healthcare professionals to follow strategies that further appropriate use, such as the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) quality measures required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services."

NSAIDs are one of the most commonly prescribed and frequently used medications in the United States. Approximately 98 million NSAIDs prescriptions were filled in 2012 and nearly 23 million Americans use OTC NSAID medications on a daily basis. NSAIDs include brand name OTC medicines such as Advil®, Motrin® and Aleve®. Generics like ibuprofen and naproxen are also considered widely known. It is generally recognized that NSAIDs, both prescription and OTC, offer effective pain relief. However, like all medications, NSAIDs can cause side effects when they are not used appropriately.

"Health risks associated with improper NSAID use are a growing concern," said Jennifer Wagner, executive director of the Western Pain Society. "We are honored to have the Jefferson School of Population Health join us and look forward to cont
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