November 1, 2005 |
It might be hard to believe, but only in the past 20 years has care based on evidence become a major focus for the medical community, said Jeffery Lerner, chief executive of Plymouth Meeting-based ECRI. The nonprofit research agency, which tests the claims of medical devices, research and practices, is looking for facts in the subjective realm of pain management. Starting today, ECRI is hosting a conference on the evidence, or lack thereof, in treating chronic pain and the use of such drugs as Oxycontin and other potentially addictive painkillers.
May 8, 2016
Q. I've read so much about people overdosing on prescription pain medicines (opioids) that I'm afraid to take them even as directed by my doctor. Are they bad drugs? A. Opioids such as morphine, oxycodone and fentanyl are excellent drugs for treatment of many types of severe pain. They can be prescribed for short- or long-term use, or somewhere in between. When used properly - following a prescriber's directions and subsequent proper monitoring by a healthcare professional - this class of therapeutics can greatly benefit a patient.
February 24, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - Gov. Wolf plans to urge Pennsylvania medical and dental schools to bolster their teaching on pain management and opioid addiction to help fight prescription drug abuse, he said Monday. Speaking at a White House briefing, Wolf said he hoped Pennsylvania would follow Massachusetts, where medical and dental schools last year agreed to start requiring students to demonstrate skills aimed at preventing painkiller abuse. "That is a really good idea that Pennsylvania can learn from," he said.
July 28, 2008 |
PHILADELPHIA - Lannett Company Inc., a manufacturer of generic pharmaceuticals, said that its wholly owned subsidiary, Cody Laboratories, has received approval from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to directly import raw materials for processing into controlled substance medication for pain management. "The import license allows Lannett to enter the pain management market, which has few competitors and favorable demographics," said Arthur Bedrosian, Lannett's president and chief executive officer.
January 17, 2013 |
Haverford police confirmed Wednesday that federal officials are investigating the Bryn Mawr location of a health care company specializing in pain management. The Federal Bureau of Investigation would not comment on why agents visited the Comprehensive Pain Consultants at 574 W. Lancaster Ave. in Haverford Township on Wednesday. The company has additional offices in Lafayette Hill and Huntingdon Valley. Only the Bryn Mawr location was involved. The company's website said they offer a number of services including laser therapy, manipulations, injectable medications for pain, massage therapy and pain management.
May 17, 2002 |
Sanchez to buy Canada computer firm Malvern-based Sanchez Computer Associates Inc., which provides banking and financial technology software and services, will buy Spectra Securities Software Inc., of Toronto. Sanchez, with about 600 employees, will pay $26 million in cash and stock and assume $2.2 million in debt. The deal is expected to be completed near the end of the second quarter, subject to Spectra shareholder approval. Adolor reports loss for first quarter Chester County-based Adolor Corp.
March 7, 2012 |
CHICAGO - Morphine and similar powerful painkillers are sometimes prescribed to recent war veterans suffering from posttraumatic stress along with physical pain, and the consequences can be tragic, a government study suggests. These vets are at high risk for drug and alcohol abuse, but they are two times more likely to get prescriptions for addictive painkillers than vets with only physical pain, according to the study, billed as the first national examination of the problem. Subsequent suicides, other self-inflicted injuries, and drug and alcohol overdoses were all more common in vets with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
May 12, 2012 |
Opioid painkillers have pushed aside heroin and cocaine as the biggest killer drugs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Because of that, U.S. Senate Finance Committee leaders Max Baucus (D., Mont.) and Charles Grassley (R., Iowa) began an investigation this week into whether pharmaceutical companies are inappropriately pushing sales by funding doctors and quasi-independent organizations set up to produce positive literature about prescription painkillers.
September 8, 2010 |
Sylvan Orens, 85, of Elkins Park, a dentist who specialized in pain management, died of heart failure Tuesday, Aug. 31, at Abington Memorial Hospital. Dr. Orens practiced general dentistry in Germantown and Olney before opening an office in Elkins Park in 1988. To offer his patients the best care, he requested extensive medical histories and took courses in pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and orthodontics, and became expert in acupressure techniques, said his wife, Connie Elkins Orens.
April 24, 2016 |
Wish 1: The person I want to make care decisions for me when I can't. This assigns a health-care agent (also called a proxy, a surrogate, a representative, or a health-care power of attorney). This person makes medical decisions on your behalf if you are unable to speak for yourself. Wish 2: The kind of medical treatment I want or don't want. This is a living will - what life- support treatment means to you, as well as when you would and would not want it. Wish 3: How comfortable do I want to be. This addresses matters of comfort care: - what type of pain management, personal grooming, and bathing instructions, and whether you would like to know about options for hospice care.