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A pharmacy must report the theft or significant loss of controlled substances to the DEA within one business day.

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A new test employs specialized technology to detect hepatitis C earlier.

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There are several drugs for treating hepatitis C that are very effective, and new treatments cause fewer side effects than older drug regimens.

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Despite the success of standard regimens, antiretroviral therapy is complicated by potential drug-drug interactions, patient nonadherence, and adverse effects.

State May Regulate Dispensing of Emergency Contraception

This ruling is the latest in a series of judgments on whether religious believers can opt out of providing services.

More Routine Surgery Patients Get Opioid Prescriptions for Pain 4/6/2016

Chronic Post-ICU Pain and Post–Intensive Care Syndrome 3/17/2016

Many patients continue to experience significant discomfort for months or years after ICU discharge.

Clinical Management of Neuropathic Low Back and Neck Pain 3/17/2016

A multidisciplinary approach is necessary to assist patients in achieving a reduction in pain.

Mucositis in Cancer Patients: A Review 3/17/2016

Mucositis—the breakdown of epithelial cells in the gastrointestinal tract—is a common and painful side effect of treatment for many cancer patients.

National Pain Strategy: Implications for Pharmacy Practice 3/17/2016

The National Pain Strategy is a comprehensive population health-level plan that addresses the issue of inadequate pain management in the United States, as well as the national opioid-abuse epidemic.

NSAIDs: Balancing the Risks and Benefits 3/17/2016

The FDA has strengthened the warnings regarding cardiovascular risk with NSAID use.

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Opioid Overdose 3/17/2016

Naloxone is now available in an auto-injector or nasal spray that can be administered by family or friends to stabilize the overdose victim until medical assistance arrives.

Pharmacist Involvement in Hospice and Palliative Care 3/17/2016

The number of patients in need of hospice and palliative care continues to grow, as do the general population’s knowledge and awareness of the diagnosed conditions that render patients eligible for hospice care services.

The Many Faces of Pain 3/17/2016

Treatment of Fibromyalgia Pain 3/17/2016

Fibromyalgia syndrome, which was first described more than 100 years ago, is defined as chronic, widespread musculoskeletal pain characterized by both somatic and psychological symptoms.

Trends in Pain Prevalence 3/17/2016

According to the National Health Interview Survey, disabling chronic pain affects 10% of the population.

More RA Flares After Discontinuation of TNF-Inhibiting Biologics 3/2/2016

Stricter Vicodin Regulations Significantly Reduce Use 2/17/2016

Guideline Adherence Lowers Risk of Death in Long-Term Opioid Therapy 2/17/2016

Greater Restriction on Hydrocodone Significantly Decreases Prescriptions 2/10/2016

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 1/20/2016

If carpal tunnel syndrome is not treated, symptoms eventually become chronic and muscle weakness can develop, making it hard to grip objects.

Study: More Addicts Start With Prescribed Opioids Than Heroin 12/14/2015

Pain Management Considerations in Cirrhosis 12/14/2015

Practitioners must consider the increased potential for drug-induced liver injury in patients with preexisting liver disease.

Legitimate Opioid Use Prior to High School Graduation Increases Abuse Risk 11/30/2015

Low Back Pain Relief From Naproxen as Good as Combinations 11/13/2015

Increase in Heroin Use Tied to Prescription Opioid Abuse 9/15/2015

Less Relief, More Opioid Misuse in Depressed/Anxious Back Pain Patients 8/18/2015

Blood-Clotting Disorders Linked to Abuse-Deterrent Formula 6/23/2015

Assessment and Treatment of Pain in Children 5/15/2015

Over the last several decades, the assessment and treatment of pain in children has become a standard of pediatric care.

Antidepressants Show Potential for Postoperative Pain 3/18/2015

Increased Depression With Higher Opioid Doses 3/18/2015

Liposomal Bupivacaine: A New Option for Postoperative Pain 3/18/2015

This technology is an encouraging step forward in drug delivery and formulation design.

Meniere’s Disease: Treatment Strategies 3/18/2015

Although there is no cure, treatment can help relieve symptoms and minimize the long-term impact of this chronic disorder of the inner ear.

Most Patients With CKD May Have Long-Term Pain 3/18/2015

New System Predicts Risk of Chronic Pain After Surgery 3/18/2015

Opioid Overdose Rescue Kits 3/18/2015

It is imperative to recognize the signs of an overdose and administer an antidote quickly.

Pharmacogenetic Testing and Opioids 3/18/2015

Personalized medicine allows healthcare professionals to dose patients appropriately.

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Postherpetic Neuralgia 3/18/2015

PHN is a painful nerve condition that lingers after a shingles (herpes zoster) infection.

Prevalence of Pain and Pain-Reliever Use 3/18/2015

The Institute of Medicine reported that 33% of Americans (116 million) have chronic pain.

Study of Twins Looks at Link Between Back Pain and Depression 3/18/2015

Topical Therapies for Chronic Pain Management: A Review of Diclofenac and Lidocaine 3/18/2015

An increasingly popular pain management strategy is the use of noncontrolled topical agents.

Treating Arthritis With Nonprescription Products and Devices 3/18/2015

OTC options for osteoarthritis include thermotherapy and external and internal analgesics.

Vitamin D Supplementation for Pain 3/18/2015

Recent research points to a possible association between vitamin D deficiency and chronic pain.

New Compound That Treats Neuropathic Pain Found 3/16/2015

Possible New Treatment for Opioid-Tolerant Patients 3/16/2015

Analgesic Drugs Could Be Used for Neuropathic Pain 3/16/2015

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Compressive Neuropathy 1/21/2015

Caused by repetitive pressure on the median nerve, this is a leading cause of work-related disability.

Buprenorphine Transdermal Patch: An Overview for Use in Chronic Pain 10/16/2014

This agent may be an alternative for patients with pain severe enough to require around-the-clock, long-term opioid therapy when other options are inadequate.

Acetaminophen Found Ineffective for Back Pain 8/20/2014

Acetaminophen Toxicity: What Pharmacists Need to Know 3/19/2014

Overdose and misuse may lead to acute liver failure.

Epidural Anesthesia During Labor and Delivery 3/19/2014

Epidural anesthetics are the most popular form of pain management currently chosen by the patient during labor in the United States.

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Osteoarthritis 3/19/2014

This common type of arthritis results from the breakdown of the spongy cartilage that cushions the joints.

Overview of Adult Outpatient Cancer Pain Management 3/19/2014

Breakthrough pain is a common issue incurred by oncology patients.

Pain Management in Dementia 3/19/2014

Proper assessment of pain in elderly patients is challenging.

Prescription Pain Medication Overdoses in the United States 3/19/2014

According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, a public-health surveillance system, 49% of the 5.1 million drug-related emergency room visits made in 2011 were attributed to pharmaceutical misuse or abuse and illicit drugs.

Comparison of Methohexital and Propofol Anesthesia in Electroconvulsive Therapy: The Ideal Agent 2/19/2014

The ideal anesthetic agent for ECT should have a rapid onset of action and short recovery time.

Prescribing of High-Dose Acetaminophen Products Discouraged 2/19/2014

Pure Hydrocodone Product Approved 12/18/2013

Opioid Overdose: What Hospital Pharmacists Should Know 4/19/2013

It is imperative to recognize risk factors and signs of overdose, as well as understand pharmacologic management strategies.

Nonmedical Use of Pain Relievers 3/20/2013

The number of emergency department visits linked to nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers nearly doubled between 2004 and 2009.

Patient-Controlled Analgesia and the Older Patient 3/20/2013

The option to self-administer pain medication is often not offered to the elderly.

Phantom Limb Pain: Current and Emerging Treatments 3/20/2013

Approximately 60% to 80% of amputees develop this debilitating condition, which is often misdiagnosed.

Pharmacologic Management of Gout 3/20/2013

Treatment involves managing hyperuricemia with urate-lowering therapy.

Sensory Organ Pain: Eye, Ear, Oral, Dental, and Throat Pain 3/20/2013

Knowing when to self-treat and when to refer pain complaints is important.

Management of Nerve Injuries 10/19/2012

Various types of trauma can result in nerve injury, a significant cause of functional morbidity.

Vitamin D and Chronic Pain: Promising Correlates 7/18/2012

There may be an association between low levels of vitamin D and various pain syndromes.

Polymyalgia Rheumatica: A Severe, Self-Limiting Disease 6/20/2012

This complex inflammatory condition of unknown cause is treated most effectively with oral corticosteroids.

Chronic Tumor-Related Pain 5/22/2012

Cancer pain affects one in three patients and significantly impacts quality of life.

Opioid-Induced Hyperalgesia: An Emerging Treatment Challenge 5/22/2012

Management of chronic pain with medications such as opioids is a common strategy, but chronic pain can persist or worsen despite aggressive opioid therapy.

Selected Types of Chronic Pain Among Adults 5/22/2012

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, more than nine in 10 adults will experience pain at some point.

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Selecting the Right OTC Pain Medication 5/22/2012

A pain medication should be chosen based on the type of pain being treated and the patient's individual health profile

Trends in Epidural or Spinal Anesthesia Use 9/20/2011

National Center for Health Statistics data show that 61% of women received epidural or spinal anesthesia during first-order birth.

Blowing Out Your Knee: ACL Tear and Pain Management 5/18/2011

One of the most feared sports and work injuries is a torn anterior cruciate ligament. 

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Bursitis 5/18/2011

This disorder usually results from pressure and repetitive trauma; infection is a less common cause.

Chest and Abdominal Pain Among Emergency Department Patients 5/18/2011

These types of cases constitute the two most common reasons for emergency room visits.

The Emerging Role of NMDA Antagonists in Pain Management 5/18/2011

In both opioid resistance and neuropathic pain, these agents may be an option. 

The Impact of REMS on Pain Management 5/18/2011

The prescribing of opioids has been associated with apprehension and contentious debate in the health care community, which has created barriers to achieving adequate pain relief.

Training May Be Best Treatment for Tennis Elbow 1/20/2011

Chronic Opioid Therapy for Noncancer Pain 5/20/2010

New clinical practice guideline emphasizes careful patient selection and appropriate and continuous monitoring.

Difficult-to-Dose Opioids and the Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategy 5/20/2010

Data for safely switching from an oral fentanyl product to a nonfentanyl opioid are lacking. 

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Epidural Injection 5/20/2010

This procedure is one component of therapy for chronic pain caused by spinal nerve irritation.

Memantine for the Treatment of Migraine 5/20/2010

In the United States alone, nearly 30 million people suffer from migraines, and the numbers are on the rise.

Neuropathic Pain: A Review of Diabetic Neuropathy 5/20/2010

Peripheral nerve injury is often caused by a microvascular complication of diabetes. 

The Management of Acute Postoperative Pain 5/20/2010

Better control of pain is a primary concern for patients undergoing surgical procedures.

The Role of Parenteral NSAIDs in Postoperative Pain Control 5/20/2010

IVib and ketorolac tromethamine offer an effective alternative to opioids for acute pain management. 

Trends in Chronic Pain 5/20/2010

One-quarter of sufferers are treated for their chronic pain, whereas 40% do not seek professional assistance.

Capsaicin: Risks and Benefits 7/20/2009

The many uses of this chemical compound include relieving the pain of arthritis, psoriasis, diabetic neuropathy, and postherpetic neuralgia caused by shingles.

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Polymyalgia Rheumatica 6/18/2009

Corticosteroids are the mainstay of therapy for this inflammatory disease, which afflicts older adults and produces a sudden onset of painful symptoms in the neck, shoulders, back, and hips.

Assessing Pain in the Cognitively Impaired 5/19/2009

Pharmacists may help caregivers provide appropriate care by educating them on the use of pain scales and observational clues.

Drugs Used for Pain Relief 5/19/2009

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the share of total personal health care expenditures attributed to hospital care declined (from 40% in 1980 to 31% in 2005) and prescription drug expenditures doubled (from 5% to 10%).

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Fibromyalgia 5/19/2009

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by chronic muscle and joint pain, extreme fatigue, and tenderness in certain areas of the body.

Massage Therapy: Implications for Pharmaceutical Care 5/19/2009

As pharmacists, the primary goal of evaluating the impact of medications on massage therapy, and vice-versa, is based on safety concerns.

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The Diagnosis and Treatment of Gout 5/19/2009

The arrival of newer investigational agents that treat hyperuricemia and inflammatory arthritis has prompted clinicians to maximize therapeutic outcomes.

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The Use of Antidepressants for Chronic Pain 5/19/2009

Chronic pain and depression are highly prevalent conditions whose symptoms overlap.

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Understanding the Pharmacologic Therapy for Patients Afflicted With Complex Regional Pain Syndrome 5/19/2009

The absence of well-defined criteria for the diagnosis of this nervous system condition has resulted in a lack of randomized controlled trials and specific treatments.

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Topical Anesthesia Use in Children 3/18/2009

Although types of topical anesthetics have not changed considerably over the last few decades, several advances have been made in the technologies available for drug delivery.

Prevalence of Three Common Types of Pain in Adults 5/20/2008

The characteristics of individuals 18 years of age and older in 2006 who suffered from lower-back pain (27...

Management of Chronic Low Back Pain 5/20/2008

Each year, approximately 3.6 million outpatient visits in the United States are attributed to low back pain (LBP).

Management of Pain in Acute Illness 5/20/2008

Seldom do patients in the acute-care setting present with the sole issue of pain management...

Common Adverse Events and Interactions with OTC Pain Medications 5/20/2008

Approximately 36 million Americans use OTC pain medications daily...

More Is Not Better When Taking NSAIDs 3/20/2008

When it comes to treating inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, taking more than one nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) could lead to complications beyond the common gastrointestinal side effects associated with some NSAID products.

Cocaine-Related Chest Pain 2/20/2008

Cocaine is one of the most commonly used illicit drugs, and its abuse is a widespread problem in the United States and around the world.

Migraine: Its Recognition and Treatment 1/21/2008

Individuals with chronic pain that lasts for more than three to six months may experience multiple types of pain in the head and neck region, including headache and facial pain.

Temporomandibular Disorders: Review and Management 12/20/2007

Temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) are the most common type of facial pain condition, affecting approximately 10% to 12% of the population, with about 25% of individuals having at least one TMD episode during their lifetime.

Dosing of Marijuana Important in Pain Relief 11/19/2007

While studies are still being conducted linking smoking marijuana to pain relief, an article in Anesthesiology reports that the benefit that smoking marijuana may have on pain relief depends on a narrow therapeutic dosing window.

Don't Dismiss Acupuncture as a Treatment for Lower Back Pain 10/18/2007

A German study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine claims that six months of acupuncture appears to be more effective than conventional therapy in treating low back pain.

Managing Central Pain Syndromes 5/18/2007

Central pain is defined as pain associated with lesions of the central nervous system that lead to damage of somatosensory pathways.

Acute Pain Pharmacotherapy 5/18/2007

Millions of people in the United States undergo surgery or are injured each year.

Pain Assessment in the Elderly 5/18/2007

In 1999, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) introduced new pain management standards.

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Complex Regional Pain Syndrome 5/18/2007

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is one of the most perplexing and debilitating disorders facing health care professionals involved with pain management.

Dental Pain 5/18/2007

Pharmacists frequently consult with patients who experience dental pain.