Monday, October 15, 2012

Urgent Action Requested With Regards To Opiates and Chronic Pain And The Prescribing Of Pain Medications
Please send this to everyone you know!! The FDA is trying to make and end run around the laws of prescribing for pain sufferers!!

The Chronic-Intractable Pain and You Site(s) is joining with the RSDSA and would like to make you aware of a petition currently before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that requests labeling changes for opioid analgesics (narcotic pain medications). Since many individuals with chronic and/or intractable pain rely on opioids as part of their medication regimen, we wanted to bring this petition to your attention.
The petition, submitted by Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP), requests three specific changes to opioid analgesic labels:
1- That they no longer be prescribed for "moderate" noncancer pain, but only for "severe" noncancer pain
2- That the maximum allowable dosage per day be equivalent to 100 mg of morphine for noncancer pain
3- That this medication can only be used for a maximum duration of 90 DAYS.

What this petition appears to mandate is a "one size fits all" prescribing mentality which DOES NOT benefit the chronic and/or intractable pain patients.

The RSDSA has chosen to oppose the PROP petition on behalf of you, our members. On Wednesday, October 10th, The RSDSA sent this opposition letter to the FDA. Cick Here to read RSDSA letter .

For those of you who would like to send your own individual response regarding PROP to the FDA, we encourage you to stress the specific details that your medication enables you to do that without it you would be unable to do. We suggest you use the following language to keep  the message clear:

My name is  _______. As a person  who suffers with the chronic and  yet incurable pain of  ______(Your pain disoder),  I ask the FDA to  deny the PROP petition. I use opioids as prescribed by my physician allowing me to function better and partake  in life in ways I would be unable to do without this prescribed care.
To send your comments to the FDA click here.  The category to use for your response is Individual Consumer.
Your immediate action to this issue will make a difference. To read the PROP petition,
click here.
Please forward this email along to your friends and loved ones.
Should you have any questions

Please forward this email along to your friends and loved ones.
Should you have any questions or would like to receive further information, please email me.
Dr Patty Hagler-Verdugo, PsyD
Creator/Chair of Chronic-Intractable Pain And You Site(s)