Practical information and resources
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd recently launched PainMatters.com, a new resource to help healthcare professionals and people affected by pain. Chronic pain affects so many people it affects more than 100 million Americans, that’s more than cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined while prescription pain medication is the mainstay in treatment it is also prone to abuse
A new survey conducted on behalf of Teva Pharmaceuticals in collaboration with the U.S. Pain Foundation and the American Academy of Pain Management found respondents agreed information and resources are critical for pain management.
I recently discussed chronic pain and PaimMatters with Paul Gileno, Executive Director, U.S. Pain Foundation and Dr. Melanie Rosenblatt, Medical Director of Pain Management, North Broward Medical Center.
The survey of 1,100 healthcare professionals treating chronic pain in the U.S. and 1,044 adult patients with chronic pain helps provide insight into some of the complex challenges in the treatment of pain:
The survey found most healthcare providers and people who live with pain want to take responsibility, personal responsibility for their role in prescription drug abuse. But the survey found they are also uncomfortable talking about it. According to Dr. Rosenblatt,” the reasons for that on the healthcare provider’s side they were afraid it would damage their relationship with the patient and on the patient side they were afraid that having the conversation with their doctor would let the doctor think they were actually abusing the medication and may have their doctor stop prescribing their medication. “
The survey did find three-quarters of patients and 71 percent of healthcare professionals believe that education is one of the best ways to help them deal with opioid abuse.
PainMatters.com provides healthcare professionals information and resources on responsible pain management. It is also a place where people affected by pain can learn how to take an active role in managing their condition. PainMatters.com also provides information on abuse-deterrence technologies including a video on the science behind these technologies.
According to the U.S. Pain Foundation
- Chronic pain affects nearly 100 million Americans
- Pain costs the nation up to $635 billion each year in medical treatments, disability payments and lost productivity
- Despite the vast number of people living with pain, many in the pain community feel unheard and isolated.
- Chronic pain is still widely underfunded, misunderstood and undertreated.
*Institute of Medicine of The National Academics
Paul Gileno has had his own experience with pain. About 12 years while lifting a box and twisting and had severed his sciatic nerve, at which at the time he did not realize it. However, he become a person with chronic pain and that began his chronic pain journey. “I realized I needed to become more educated, advocated for and empowered and informed. So I decided to start the US pain foundation with the hopes that other people wouldn’t have to go through what I went through,” said Paul.
Visit PainMatters.com for information and resources for healthcare professionals and people affected by pain.
Melanie Rosenblatt, MD
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Board Certified in Pain Management
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Melanie Rosenblatt, MD is a graduate of Stony Brook School of Medicine. She completed her anesthesia residency and pain training at St. Josephs Hospital in Syracuse, New York. Dr. Rosenblatt is board certified in anesthesiology and pain management. She has been practicing in South Florida since 1995 and is currently medical director of pain management at North Broward Medical Center.
Founder & President, U.S. Pain Foundation
After living with degenerative disc disease, failed back syndrome and complex regional pain syndrome for over three years, he founded U.S. Pain Foundation in 2006. U.S. Pain exists to connect, inform, empower and advocate for the pain community. Read full bio
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