Final Government Pain Report Stresses Importance of Patient-Centered Focus

—Acknowledges Misapplication of 2016 CDC Guidelines and Challenge of Medication Shortages In late May 2019 the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force, a federal advisory committee established by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016, released its final report on acute and chronic pain management best practices, calling for a balanced, individualized, patient-centered…

CDC Clarifies Applicability of Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, Excepts End-of-Life and Palliative Care

The Centers for Disease Control has released a letter clarifying that its 2016 Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain was not intended to apply to cancer treatment, palliative care, or end of life care. Recent efforts by policymakers to stem the nationwide epidemic of opioid abuseĀ  culminated in the enactment of the 2018 SUPPORT…