Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012
Thursday webinar to discuss opioid prescribing
A free AMA webinar offered at 1 p.m. Eastern time Thursday will help physicians understand how to prescribe opioid drugs responsibly. Register now to participate.
Part of a 12-part series on pain management and opioid prescribing, this first webinar will be presented by Lynn R. Webster, MD, president-elect of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Participants will learn how to identify patients who are appropriate candidates for opioid therapy and how to monitor and evaluate their response. Dr. Webster also will discuss eight tested principles for managing pain while avoiding misuse of prescription opioids.
Other webinars in this series will cover a range of important topics related to the intersection of pain management, opioid prescribing and substance abuse, including addiction. Each webinar will be archived for on-demand viewing.
This webinar series is part of the Prescribers' Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies collaborative led by the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry.
Fungal meningitis outbreak: JAMA looks at facts
Two new articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) can help physicians, patients and regulators better understand the deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis caused by contaminated steroids.
A JAMA Update article provides information for clinicians and patients, including who may be at risk, appropriate testing and possible symptoms. The update also outlines the differences in symptoms between fungal meningitis and bacterial and viral meningitis.
A viewpoint article explores the regulatory environment that failed to prevent the outbreak and calls for careful oversight of compounding pharmacies, such as the one that produced the contaminated drugs tied to the outbreak.
Several hundred cases have been reported in the outbreak, which also has caused more than two dozen deaths. Visit the Food and Drug Administration website for the latest on the outbreak. And read an American Medical News story about how physicians are reacting to the situation.