The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the opening of a docket to obtain public comment on the draft CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain (Guideline).
The Guideline provides recommendations regarding initiation or continuation of opioids for chronic pain; opioid selection, dosage, duration, follow-up, and discontinuation; and assessment of risk and addressing harms of opioid use. The Guideline is intended to be used by primary care providers (e.g., family physicians or internists) who are treating patients with chronic pain (i.e., pain lasting longer than 3 months or past the time of normal tissue healing) in outpatient settings. The draft Guideline is intended to apply to patients aged 18 years of age or older with chronic pain outside of palliative and end-of-life care. The Guideline is not intended to apply to patients in treatment for active cancer. The Guideline is not a federal regulation; adherence to the Guideline will be voluntary.
Written comments must be received on or before January 13, 2016.
A fact sheet issues on the proposed guidelines is available at: http://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/pdf/guidelines_factsheet-a.pdf
The draft guidelines are available for download at: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=CDC-2015-0112-0002