American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians | October 11, 2017
Eric Hargan named acting HHS secretary

President Trump announced in a statement on Tuesday that Eric Hargan will now serve as acting Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary, filling the vacant spot left by former secretary Tom Price who resigned amid of flurry of probes into his government travel. 
Hargan was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in just last week as Deputy Secretary of HHS, the number two spot in the department. 

Then-acting Secretary Don Wright said in a statement that Hargan "brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and leadership experience to HHS. His commitment to public service and vast experience in the healthcare field will help guide the department as we advance President Trump's agenda on behalf of the American people."

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ASIPP Abstract Submission for 2018 Annual Meeting is Open
The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians will hold its 20th Annual Meeting March 15-17, 2018 in Orlando, Florida at Marriott Orlando World Center.
This year, we will be making significant changes to the Abstract and Poster Sessions. Submissions will be in two categories: Resident/Fellow and Physician.  Selected posters will be on display for all meeting participants during all breaks and meal times.
The Abstract Committee will select the top 25 for publication in Pain Physician and of those 10 will be selected for Abstract presentation and judging during the Annual Meeting. The top 3 will receive cash prizes.


Interventional Pain Management Reports is an Open Access online journal, a peer-reviews journal dedicated to the publication of case reports, brief commentaries and reviews and letters to the editor. It is a peer-reviewed journal written by and directed to an audience of interventional pain physicians, clinicians and basic scientists with an interest in interventional pain management and pain medicine. 

We would like to invite you to submit research case reports, brief commentaries and reviews to Interventional Pain Management Reports Journal . Your article will be published FREE’ of charge. 

Led by Editor in Chief: Kenneth Candido, MD, Chairman and Professor, Department of Anesthesiology , Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, IPM Reports focuses on the promotion of excellence in the practice of interventional pain management and clinical research. 

Interventional Pain Management Reports is an official publication of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) and is a sister publication of Pain Physician . Interventional Pain Management Reports Interventional Pain Management Reports is an open access journal, available online with free full manuscripts.  

The benefits of publishing in an open access journal that has a corresponding print edition journal are:  
  • Your article will have the potential to obtain more citations.
  • Your article will be peer-reviewed and published faster than other journals.
  • Your article can be read by a potentially much larger audience compared with traditional subscription-only journals.  
  • Open Access journals are FREE to view, download and to print.

So submit today your:
  • Case Reports
  • Technical Reports
  • Editorials
  • Short Perspectives

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Melania Trump lends voice in fight against opioid abuse
at infant recovery facility

In an effort to continue the work of the Trump administration's battle against the nation's opioid epidemic, First Lady Melania Trump lent her support to the nation's first nonprofit infant recovery center that provides services to parents and families dealing with addiction.

"I want to be here to support you and give a voice to Lily's Place and also for the opioid epidemic. It's very -- a passion of mine to help children and educate them and also to educate the families and open conversations about opioid abuse," said Trump at Lily's Place, a "first of its kind" facility in West Virginia on Tuesday.

A Call for Change

Created in 2017, A Call for a Change is an initiative to ensure patient access to comprehensive pain care, stop the abuse of opioids, and support patient education and activism. Comprised of the leading voices in the opioid crisis, including patients, healthcare practitioners, advocacy groups, law enforcement, industry, insurance companies and politicians, A Call for a Change advocates for policies to ensure the safest prescribing practices and that all patients living with addiction or chronic pain are receiving the best, comprehensive, multi-faceted treatment possible.

Visit the web site A CALL FOR A CHANGE

Five takeaways by Becker's Spine Review
FDA's Strategies for Managing Patients Taking CNS Depressants and Opioids

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently issued a report advising against the use of buprenorphine and methadone medications in patients taking benzodiazepines and/or other central nervous system (CNS) depressants, as this combination significantly increases the risk for serious adverse events.

Because of the serious adverse effect profile associated with the combination of benzodiazepines and CNS depressants with buprenorphine and methadone, clinicians must be aware of strategies to handle patients receiving such drug regimens effectively.

Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome on the Rise

The incidence of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome has increased with the loosening of marijuana laws in the United States, according to a new study presented at the 2017 Digestive Disease Week (abstract Tu1688).

Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome and cyclic vomiting syndrome are barely known to physicians and characterized by recurrent episodes of heavy nausea, vomiting and frequent abdominal pain. Complete and persistent resolution of all symptoms of the disease following cannabis cessation is the only reliable criterion applicable to distinguish cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome from cyclic vomiting syndrome ( Ger Med Sci 2017;15:Doc06).

Researchers said raising awareness of some of the medical problems that can occur with the use of cannabis is critical.

Physicians Are Still Prescribing Too Many Opioids in the US

More than 1 out of 3 average Americans used a prescription opioid in 2015, despite growing concerns these medicines are promoting widespread addiction and overdose deaths, according to a study published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health is a door-to-door survey that allows participants to log answers directly into a computer, providing anonymity that promotes honest responses, study coauthor Wilson Compton, MD, deputy director of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse. About 51,200 people completed the survey interview for 2015. Nearly 92 million US adults, or 37.8% of the population, took a legitimately prescribed opioid in 2015, according to the results.

Discontinuing Long-Term Aspirin Leads to Increased Cardiovascular Event Risk

HealthDay News — There is more than a 30% increased risk of cardiovascular events following discontinuation of low-dose aspirin in long-term users, according to a study published in  Circulation.

Johan Sundström, MD, PhD, from Uppsala University in Sweden, and colleagues used the Swedish prescription register (2005 through 2009) to identify 601,527 users of low-dose aspirin for primary or secondary prevention who were >40 years of age, free from previous cancer, and had ≥80% adherence during the first observed year of treatment. The Swedish inpatient and cause-of-death registers were used to identify cardiovascular events.

Patient Attitudes One Challenge in Treating Cancer Pain

Anaheim, Calif.—The fight against cancer pain is challenging on many different levels, according to Julie Waldfogel, PharmD, CPE, at the 2017 annual meeting of the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA).

In the 1980s, up to 70% of cancer patients reported pain. Thirty years later, cancer pain prevalence has not changed noticeably, said Dr. Waldfogel, who is a clinical pharmacy specialist in pain and palliative care at the John Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore. “We haven’t gotten where we want to be yet.”
The problem is there are many barriers to optimum treatment for cancer pain for both patients and providers.

Spinal biologics, regeneration and minimally invasive surgery: Dr. Mick Perez-Cruet on how spine treatment is evolving

Mick Perez-Cruet, MD, is the chief of minimally invasive spine surgery at Beaumont Hospitals in Royal Oak, Mich., and a neurosurgeon at Michigan Head & Spine Institute in Southfield. He also serves as chairman, director and professor of minimally invasive spine surgery at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and leads the Minimally Invasive Neurological Society.

The opioid epidemic in 6 charts

Andrew Kolodny  is Co-Director of Opioid Policy Research at Brandeis University

Drug overdose deaths, once rare, are now the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., surpassing peak annual deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents, guns and HIV infection.
As a former public health official, clinician and researcher, I've been engaged in efforts to control the opioid addiction epidemic for the past 15 years.

The data show that the situation is dire and getting worse. Until opioids are prescribed more cautiously and until effective opioid addiction treatment becomes easier to access, overdose deaths will likely remain at record high levels.

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