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The MEDD myth: the impact of pseudoscience on pain research and prescribing-guideline development

Authors Fudin J, Pratt Cleary J, Schatman M

Received 4 March 2016

Accepted for publication 4 March 2016

Published 23 March 2016 Volume 2016:9 Pages 153—156


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Jeffrey Fudin,1 Jacqueline Pratt Cleary,2 Michael E Schatman3

1Western New England University College of Pharmacy, Springfield, MA, 2Stratton VA Medical Center, Albany, NY, 3US Pain Foundation, Bellevue, WA, USA

With the opioid-misuse and -abuse problem on the rise, pain practitioners and lawmakers are scrambling for strategies to help mitigate opioid risks. Approaches include opioid-treatment agreements, urine drug testing, prescription-monitoring programs, assorted validated risk-assessment tools for abuse/misuse and opioid-induced respiratory depression (OIRD), biopsychosocial support, and other strategies.1–3 Nonopioid pain therapies should be considered and maximized prior to initiating opioid treatment; however, in some cases opioids are the optimal choice for both noncancer and cancer-related pain syndromes.4

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