Dear Blog Followers,
Hundreds of you have e-mailed me or posted comments to this blog constantly asking for some permutation of “when will anybody show support for us pain patients”. The days have come and I believe it is only the beginning! The reason? Many healthcare providers are finally “Fed Up” just like the patients they care for!
Recall your rejoicing when the FDA put the cabbash on PROP last year with a letter dated September 10, 2013, essentially putting an end to requested opioid label changes, the foundation of which was built on little but brittle egg shells causing much angst amid patients suffering from legitimate persistent pain syndromes. Nevertheless, two years following the initial petition request as outlined here, many supporters of the anti-opioid campaign marched in D.C. last week to what they called the Fedup rally.
Atkinson, Schatman, and yours truly said it all in a recent article, The damage done by the war on opioids: the pendulum has swung too far. In fact immediately following publication and open access release, we saw a “Twitter War” with outrage from several anti-opioid zealots. Despite the initial petition being denied by the FDA, the article pointed out that “the proposed changes have crept into policy and practice within various health systems, prescriber networks, insurance plans, and community pharmacy retail chains. For some, this reflects the desperation for potential interventions to address the opioid problem, while for others it has provided the justification to deny care to legitimate pain patients requiring time and valuable health care resources to adequately treat and monitor. Meanwhile, third party payers continue to deny or severely limit adjunctive non-medication options such as physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic care, exercise programs, etc.”
But, the purpose of this post tonight is to highlight strong support letters from two very prominent organizations; Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence and U.S. Pain Foundation. Both of their supportive letters have signatories from several other organizations comprising hundreds of professionals that are in your corner!
Oct. 6, 2014: U.S. Pain Foundation: Full Letter HERE
“We are writing you to express our unequivocal support for the FDA Commissioner, Dr. Margaret Hamburg, and her colleagues at the FDA who have consistently made fair, balanced and rational decisions to protect and promote the health of all Americans. FDA professionals under Dr. Hamburg’s leadership have taken extraordinary steps to curb the abuse of opioid medications while at the same time protect access to these essential medications for the millions of Americans living with chronic pain who use them safely as prescribed…”
Sept. 29, 2014: Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence: Full Letter HERE
“The undersigned organizations write to express our support for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg and the agency’s demonstrated commitment to reducing prescription drug diversion and abuse under her leadership. We are diverse organizations whose missions align around the dual goals of reducing prescription drug abuse and advancing consumer access to high-quality care for pain, addiction, anxiety, and other health conditions…”
Perhaps next year, we should “meet up” with “Fedup” at the very same rally. We can call our group, “UpUrs”, United Pain Unit for Reasonable Solutions!
THANK YOU CLADD AND USPF – You are my heroes!
Please lets see some comments!