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November 1, 2005 | By Rory Sweeney FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
February 24, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
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.
NEWS
July 28, 2008 | INQUIRER STAFF
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.
NEWS
January 17, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
May 17, 2002 | Daily News wire services
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.
NEWS
March 7, 2012 | By Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press
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)
BUSINESS
May 12, 2012 | By David Sell, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
September 8, 2010 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2016 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Staff Writer
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.
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NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2016 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 24, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
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.
SPORTS
April 16, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE GOOD NEWS for the Phillies: A.J. Burnett will make his start as scheduled tomorrow against the Atlanta Braves. The bad news for Burnett: He'll need surgery at some point to correct an inguinal hernia. Burnett and the Phillies hope surgery won't have to take place until after the season. Burnett, who had a cortisone injection yesterday after getting hurt Friday, will have to spend the next 5 1/2 months managing the pain. "You don't want anything to happen, but it's something that I think is manageable," Burnett said.
NEWS
January 17, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
May 12, 2012 | By David Sell, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
March 7, 2012 | By Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press
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)
SPORTS
September 21, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
THE BALTIMORE Ravens signed defensive tackle Haloti Ngata to a 5-year, $61-million contract yesterday. His agent, Mike McCartney, said Ngata will get $40 million in the first 2 years of the deal. The All-Pro defensive tackle has 10 tackles, six solos, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. Ngata said it was "a great feeling" to sign a long-term deal with Baltimore. "You rarely see players around the league play with one team their entire career," Ngata said in a statement released from the team.
NEWS
September 8, 2010 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
LIVING
September 10, 2008 | By Sally Friedman FOR THE INQUIRER
Just ask most grandparents and they'll tell you: If they'd only known how wonderful grandchildren would be, they would have had them first. Grandparents offer a recess from a world of "Nos" and a love that is often described as unqualified. But there's also a very real, sometimes difficult side of grandparenting, too. We honor National Grandparents Day this week by introducing three sets of grandparents successfully dealing with unique challenges, perhaps some that mirror your own. One pair is coping with grandchildren living 2,000 miles away; another assumed custodial care of their grandchild; and the third pair is navigating child-raising theories that conflict with their own. Long-distance love THE GLASSES Eileen Glass can pinpoint the moment when everything she had come to love about grandparenting ended.
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