Summit on Balanced Pain Management Urges Interdisciplinary Approach

November 29, 2018

Before Justin Minyard was keynote speaker at this week’s fifth annual National Summit on Balanced Pain Management in Washington, DC, he was a respondent at the Pentagon on September 11.  A high-level interrogator serving the United States Army during tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.  And a prime example of why comprehensive, integrative pain management is critical.

Living with Gout and Chronic Kidney Disease

October 18, 2018

They cost me a promising college basketball career, my second toe and, for a while, my self-esteem.  But gout and chronic kidney disease haven’t stopped me from leading a full life. And they shouldn’t hold others back either.

Event Aims to Encourage, Empower Gout Patients

September 11, 2018

Painful, debilitating and highly stigmatized, gout affects 8-9 million Americans. The disease occurs when uric acid builds up in the joints, triggering agonizing attacks and disrupting people’s day-to-day lives.  But the Alliance for Gout Awareness  has a message for frustrated patients: Don’t give up.

Summer 2018: A Health Policy Recap in 10 Quotes

August 30, 2018

Patient access developments didn’t stop for summer.  As we head into fall, here are 10 quotes from the news items – and new materials – that kept the health policy conversation lively during summer 2018.

Is Innovation the Answer to America’s Opioid Epidemic?

June 22, 2018

The Food and Drug Administration has approved two generic versions of an innovative drug to treat opioid addiction, increasing available treatment options for Americans fighting addiction.  The move underscores a growing realization among policymakers, regulators and industry: to address the opioid crisis, innovative solutions must be readily available.

How Policymakers Can Redefine Pain Management

May 9, 2018

More than 42,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose in 2016.  Meanwhile, millions of other Americans suffer from chronic pain. The situation poses a difficult question for policymakers: How do we meet the needs of pain patients without contributing to the national opioid crisis?

What Medicare’s Opioid Policy Left Out

March 22, 2018

More than 1,000 people per day receive treatment in emergency rooms across the country for misusing prescription opioids. And approximately 115 Americans die daily from opioid overdose.