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Posted: Apr 19, 2018
San Diego—Adults who underwent open inguinal hernia repair experienced less postoperative pain and made fewer unplanned visits to the emergency department when hospital staff followed a standardized clinical protocol before, during and after their surgery, according to a... Read More
Posted: Apr 18, 2018
Clinical guidelines for interventional spine and pain procedures in patients on antiplatelet and anticoagulant medications have been revised, due to an extensive list of new anticoagulants, along with reclassifying thoracic and lumbar facet injections as low risk and including... Read More
Posted: Apr 17, 2018
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, acetaminophen and other nonopioid medications are as effective as opioids for mitigating pain-related dysfunction in patients with chronic back pain or hip/knee osteoarthritis pain, according to a study published in JAMA (2018;319[9]:872-882... Read More
Posted: Apr 16, 2018
New York—In a study of patients undergoing corrective osteotomy for hallux valgus, those who received an ankle block with a mixture of bupivacaine and long-acting liposomal bupivacaine (Exparel, Pacira) experienced relief of postoperative pain and a marked reduction in... Read More
Posted: Apr 13, 2018
All drugs should be compounded under suitable quality standards, but who should be ensuring those standards among traditional compounders and outsourcing facilities was debated at a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing.
Posted: Apr 12, 2018
New limits for high-dose opioid prescriptions will be enacted next year for Medicare Part D users, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced on April 2.
Posted: Apr 11, 2018
A growing body of research is focused on how over-the-counter (OTC) analgesics such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen may have psychological effects on decision-making ability, empathy and response to loneliness and social pain.
Posted: Apr 10, 2018
In a phase 3 trial designed to meet FDA standards for approval, investigators demonstrated that liposomal bupivacaine (Exparel, Pacira) administered as a single-injection nerve block significantly reduced pain and decreased or eliminated opioid consumption 48 hours after surgery... Read More
Posted: Apr 09, 2018
The FDA approved a supplemental new drug application for the administration of liposomal bupivacaine (Exparel, Pacira) via interscalene brachial plexus block for post-op regional analgesia.
Posted: Apr 09, 2018
This review article describes the increasing use of the transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block for treating various forms of chronic abdominal pain.


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