“A key government panel that oversees pain research will file a formal objection to proposed opioid prescribing guidelines being drafted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Those guidelines, which are set to be released next month, would discourage primary care physicians from prescribing opioid pain medications.
The National Institute of Health’s Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee believes there is little or no evidence to support many of the prescribing guidelines, according to Politico. Some committee members reportedly called the agency’s recommendations “ridiculous” and “an embarrassment to the government” during a meeting Thursday.
The pain research committee includes representatives from the Food and Drug Administration, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, and the CDC itself.
Evidence cited to support the guidelines “is low to very low and that’s a problem,” said Sharon Hertz, the FDA’s director of the Division of Anesthesia, Analgesia and Addiction Products.
The CDC unveiled the draft guidelines in September to a select online audience and then allowed only 48 hours for public comment. The guidelines recommend “non-pharmacological therapy” as the “preferred” treatment for non-cancer pain, and state that limited quantities and doses of opioids should be prescribed for both acute and chronic pain.
Source: PainNewsNetwork.org – December 4, 2015