“New draft guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would – if adopted — sharply reduce the prescribing of opioids for both chronic and acute pain in the U.S. The proposed guidelines may also trigger a turf battle between the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration over which agency has primary responsibility for the safe prescribing of medication.
In an unusual online “webinar” held by the CDC, the agency today unveiled a dozen draft guidelines for physicians to follow when prescribing opioids. The first recommends “non-pharmacological therapy” as the “preferred” treatment for chronic non-cancer pain, and states that opioids should only be prescribed if the benefits of reducing pain outweigh the risk of addiction and overdose.
Other guidelines recommend urine drug testing of patients both before and during opioid use, and that smaller doses and quantities be prescribed. Only “three or fewer days” supply of opioids is recommended for most types of acute pain. The guidelines also recommend that benzodiazepines not be prescribed concurrently with opioids.
Pain patients listening to the webinar expressed alarm over some of the recommendations.”
Additional information is available at: http://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/prescribing/guideline.html
Source: PainNewsNetwork – September 16, 2015