opioid epidemic

Rethinking pharmaceutical pain management beyond opioids – the pharmaphorum podcast

On the latest instalment of the pharmaphorum podcast, editor in chief Jonah Comstock hosts Tony Mack, CEO at Virpax Pharmaceuticals, in the virtual studio.  There were many causes for the opioid epidemic, but overreliance on a problematic drug category for pain management was one major factor. Mack – a veteran of several big pharmas and …

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Outdated Pain Models & The Rise of New Science on Chronic Pain

Yoni Ashar, Ph.D., Clinical Advisor at Lin Health More than 50 million adults in the United States – more than 20% – suffer from chronic pain, and more than 19.6 million adults have pain that interferes with their lives more days than not. The estimated cost of chronic pain is $635 billion – more than …

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House committee grills McKinsey for working with both FDA, Purdue Pharma

House Democrats on Wednesday questioned the consulting firm McKinsey & Company over its simultaneous work with both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Purdue Pharma along with the firm’s potential role in exacerbating the opioid epidemic. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), chair of the Oversight Committee, said she was seeking to “promote accountability and seek …

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West Virginia announced $99M opioid settlement with Janssen

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R) on Monday announced a $99 million settlement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals in the ongoing opioid epidemic lawsuit his state is engaged in. “We’re pleased with the settlement because we think it represents a major step forward to start to get money in the door to help West Virginians who …

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Infrastructure Funding Will Improve Broadband Access for Telehealth & Combat Opioid Epidemic

Jacob Crothers, MD, Chief Outcomes and National Medical Director at Groups Recover Together The recently passed federal funding for infrastructure improvements signals a boon for healthcare providers and will expand access to care via telehealth. Once an ancillary functionality, telehealth is now a critical component for delivering patient care and the bill’s funding will expand …

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Learning from Financial Fraud Detection to Tackle Opioid Abuse Amid COVID-19

Dr. Gidi Stein, MD, Ph.D., Co-Founder and CEO of MedAware Despite falling from its prominent place in the headlines, America’s opioid crisis is still raging. Anxiety, stress, depression, and isolation caused by the pandemic have contributed to substance use disorders. At the same time, the Drug Enforcement Administration has loosened prescribing restrictions, including waiving the …

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Groups Recover Together Nabs $60M for Value-Based Care Platform for Opioid Addiction Treatment

What You Should Know: – Groups Recover Together (Groups), a national leader in value-based care for opioid addiction treatment, today announced it has raised $60 million in Series C financing. Oak HC/FT led the round, joining existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, Transformation Capital, RRE Ventures, Optum Ventures and Kaiser Permanente Ventures. – The latest financing …

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VA Announces First Cerner EHR Go-Live at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center

What You Should Know: – Cerner today announced the historic and successful first deployment of a modern EHR at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, WA. – The go-live marks the first time in history three federal departments (VA, DOD, and USCG) are using the same EHR. Cerner Corporation today announced the historic and successful first …

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FDA Grants AppliedVR Breakthrough Designation for Virtual Reality Chronic Pain Treatment

What You Should Know: – FDA awards AppliedVR Breakthrough Device designation for treating treatment-resistant fibromyalgia and chronic intractable lower back pain – AppliedVR’s EaseVRx program helps patients learn self-management skills grounded in evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and other behavioral methods. AppliedVR, a pioneer advancing the next generation of digital medicine, today announced its EaseVRx …

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