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ICER Perpetuates the Opioid Crisis

By Peter Pitts and Robert Goldberg Last year, a week before Christmas in Kerville, Pa., 5-month-old Summer Chambers died in her crib from dehydration and starvation. Her parents — Jason Chambers, 27, and Chelsea Cardaro, 19 — had died about four days earlier from a non-abuse-deterr...

Empower Patients, Not ICER

By Wayne Winegarden An obscure institute that most people have never heard of threatens to impose unwarranted restrictions on medically-advised treatments for patients. The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, or ICER as it is commonly known, assesses whether medicines are cost effective...

Scott Gottlieb wins confirmation as FDA commissioner

WASHINGTON — Dr. Scott Gottlieb is headed back to the Food and Drug Administration. By a vote of 57 to 42, the Senate on Tuesday confirmed Gottlieb, a former FDA deputy commissioner, as the agency’s next chief. A physician, investor, and consultant to the drug industry, Gottlie...

The Opioid Epidemic Is This Generation’s AIDS Crisis

Andrew Sullivan New York Magazine 16 March 2017 Those of us who lived through the AIDS epidemic retain one singular memory: The plague that ravaged our lives was largely invisible to others. The epidemic was so concentrated for a while in a gay male subculture — often itself veiled by...

Survey Shows Doctors Shunning Chronic Pain Patients

Pat Anson Pain News Network 16 March 2017 Chronic pain patients are not only having problems getting opioid medication, most are finding it hard just finding a doctor willing to treat their pain, according to a new survey. Nearly 3,400 patients, doctors and healthcare providers respond...

The Magical Opioid Number

By Roger Chriss, Guest Columnist Numbers can be impressive. They seem like powerful evidence or useful metrics in regulations and legislation. In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its guidelines for opioid prescribing, setting a recommended daily limit on opioid d...