American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians | July 11th, 2018
FDA Clears The Way: Lipogems' Receives FDA Clearance For Microfragmented Adipose Tissue System Utilizing Body's Own Fat To Support Tissue Repair In Orthopaedic And Arthroscopic Surgeries

NORCROSS, Ga., July 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Lipogems, a leader in medical technologies for orthopaedic physicians, announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance of the company's Lipogems Microfragmented Adipose Tissue Transplant System. Federal regulators have cleared the way for this exciting new device and technology to be used in orthopaedic and arthroscopic procedures. Lipogems successfully uses a patient's own body fat (known clinically as adipose tissue) to assist in the healing process and, in some cases, used in conjunction with traditional orthopaedic surgery. Lipogems is attractive to orthopaedic physicians because it is compliant with the latest FDA guidelines and is cleared for use in orthopaedics and arthroscopic surgery unlike many other technologies.
"The use of reparative technologies in orthopaedics is rapidly expanding and medicine is forced to keep up with patient demands and the forces that are placed on their bodies. This is true for all types of patients from young athletes to professional athletes, from weekend warriors to the elderly," said world renowned sports medicine surgeon Dr. Champ Baker, Jr., of the respected Hughston Clinic in Columbus, GA . "As a result, we are understanding more about reparative medicine options and the science behind them.

Opioid-related deaths soar in British Columbia, Alberta

The number of opioid deaths is accelerating in the hardest-hit provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, with Canada’s top doctor describing the growing crisis across the country as “devastating.”
Nearly 4,000 Canadians died as a result of opioids in 2017, a 34-per-cent jump from the previous year, according to data from a new federal task force.
In B.C., for example, there were 523 deaths attributed to illegal-drug overdoses (primarily opioids) in 2015. A year later, the number of such deaths rose to 974 and increased further to 1,399 in 2017. In Alberta, there were 443 opioid deaths in 2015. That number rose to 548 in 2016 and 714 in 2017. And in Ontario, more than 1,100 people died from opioid overdoses last year, up from 726 a year earlier.

Even if cannabis is legal, please don’t toke and drive

A variety of conditions affect our ability to drive, including poor sleep, some prescription medications and alcohol. Cannabis is another.
Many people use cannabis for medical reasons, others for recreation. Figuring out whether someone should avoid driving can be tricky because of the variety of chemicals contained within the plant, the different ways people use cannabis and the fact that regular users can develop tolerance.
With Canada  on the verge of legalizing and regulating cannabis  — and modifying its Criminal Code to cover drug-impaired driving — it’s important to figure out how to determine whether someone is impaired.

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Drug Supply Chain Feels the Trump Effect

A small gesture on pricing  is likely to have a big impact on the prescription drug industry.
On Tuesday evening,  Pfizer   PFE -0.53%  said it would defer  planned price increases on about 10% of its prescription medicines after President Donald Trump spoke with CEO Ian Read and criticized the company on Twitter. Pfizer had planned to raise the list prices of some drugs by as much as 9.4%, part of the annual price increases it and other drug companies  impose every year on July 1 . List prices are sticker prices, before rebates and discounts granted to middlemen in the supply chain for drugs.
Pfizer’s move is likely to have a modest direct impact on its profits. Middlemen like drug wholesalers and pharmacy-benefit managers will feel a bigger effect.

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Allstate files $2M suit against ASCs, orthopedic surgeons and others: 4 things to know
Insurance giant Allstate has filed 81 fraud lawsuits in New York since 2003, and the company recently filed another suit against 13 new corporations in an attempt to cover $2 million in damages from the no-fault healthcare firms and their owners, according to Claims Journal .
Among the individuals and companies named in the suit are New York City-based Haar Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Paterson, N.J.-based Horizon Anesthesia Group, Paterson-based New Horizon Surgical Center, Whitestone, N.Y.-based NY Spine Physical Therapy and Fair Lawn, N.J.-based Alliance Spine Associates. The suit also names chiropractors and other healthcare providers.

Pain Physician
May/June 2018 Issue Features

Systematic Reviews
  • Role of Unilateral Balloon Kyphoplasty for OVCSF
Comprehensive Review
  • Patters, Changes, and Trends in Prescription Opioid Dispensing in Canada
  • Stem Cells for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis
Randomized Trials
  • Effect of Different Volumes on Pain Relief in Patients Receiving Fluoroscopic Guided Interlaminar Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Noninferiority Trial Comparing Upper and Lower One-Third Joint Approaches for SI Join Injections
  • Efficacy and Safety of Bone-filling Mesh Container and Simple Percutaneous Balloon Kyphoplasty

Opioid Addiction, Criminal Justice Link Strong

More than half of Americans who have a prescription opioid use disorder or use heroin have had contact with the criminal justice system, a retrospective cross-sectional analysis suggests.
And as the intensity of their opioid use increased, so did their involvement with the criminal justice system, reported Tyler Winkelman, MD, MSc, of Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis, and co-authors in JAMA Network Open.

State Society News 
July 19-22, 2018
FSIPP 2018 Annual Meeting, Conference, and Trade Show
Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
One South County Road, Palm Beach, FL 33480
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July 14, 2018
WVSIPP launches Regional Conference Series, WV PainCare
The West Virginia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians has created an educational series titled WV PainCare.
Huntington, WV - July 14, 2018
Lewisburg/Beckley, WV - October 20, 2018
Morgantown, WV - December 1, 2018
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Aug 17-19, 2018
Ohio and Kentucky SIPP Meeting
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July 12-14, 2019
GSIPP 2019 - 15th Annual Meeting & Pain Summit
The Cloister Hotel at Sea Island
Sea Island, GA
For more information, contact Karrie Kirwan at or Tara Morrison at or 770-613-0932.

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