THE FUTURE FIBROMYALGIA DRUGS? PHARMACEUTICAL SOURCE PREDICTS FOUR DRUG APPROVALS IN COMING YEARS


THE FUTURE FIBROMYALGIA DRUGS?
PHARMACEUTICAL SOURCE PREDICTS FOUR DRUG APPROVALS IN COMING YEARS

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Both Sleep and Pain Improved
“Our new analyses of the BESTFIT data show that those patients who reported the greatest improvement in sleep quality were the most likely to experience pain relief,” Seth Lederman, MD, Tonix CEO​
Tonix – the developer of the drug – is moving fast. They reported that their Phase II clinical trial for Tonmya was filled in June of this year and reported results on the trial last month.They’ve already begun final (Phase III) trials.
A former study using EEG indicated the drug was increasing restorative sleep, which in turn was associated with reductions in pain, fatigue and depression. In a good sign for those in really severe pain, the most recent studies tied together pain levels and sleep quality; those FM patients in the most pain received the most improvements in sleep quality.
Dr. Lederman, Tonix CEO, emphasized that the drug is not a sleeping pill; it doesn’t just knock you out – it improves sleep quality.

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Medical Researchers Analyze Social Media to Understand Side Effects of Pain Meds


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Medical Researchers Analyze Social Media to Understand Side Effects of Pain Meds

Harnessing the power of social media, medical researchers have sifted through more than two billion tweets and online posts to study the harmful side effects of narcotics medication taken for chronic pain. The research team, led by the Cedars-Sinai Center for Outcomes Research and Education, reviewed a vast collection of patient entries on Twitter and social media forums such as askapatient.com and patientslikeme.com.
The unfiltered sentiments posted on these sites revealed details not often captured by physicians or traditional clinical research about the gastrointestinal side effects of narcotics medication. In online messages, for example, some patients described experiencing severe constipation that was even more debilitating than their underlying illnesses.
The researchers believe the study is the first of its kind to analyze social media data related to gastrointestinal side effects from narcotics. “Social media can be used as a huge epidemiological database, a treasure-trove of insights from patients about their illness experiences, their treatments, and their attitudes and beliefs about health and disease,” said Brennan Spiegel, MD, MSHS, director of Cedars-Sinai Health Services Research and director of the Center for Outcomes Research and Education.
The study appears online in the Journal of Opioid Management.

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Opioids Saved My Life


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Opioids Saved My Life

My new life of chronic pain started in May of 2005. After being diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, I was given a series of 3 epidural steroid injections with a corticosteroid made by Pfizer called Depo-Medrol. I had no relief from the first two injections, but my doctor insisted that I try a third one. He struggled to get the needle into the epidural space, probably because of scar tissue in my back caused by a prior back surgery, a laminectomy.
After the 3rd steroid injection, I had a severe, instant headache, which was relieved somewhat when I laid down. The doctor had punctured my dura, the outer lining of the spinal cord, which caused a spinal leak. He was defensive when I told him about my headache pain, saying, “No way, there was no fluid in my syringe.” After an unsuccessful blood patch, I ended up in the ER a week later with the worst, throbbing headache I ever suffered. Every time I lifted my head I vomited violently. The doctor ordered numerous tests and he finally diagnosed me with too much STRESS! I knew something had gone wrong during the epidural steroid injection, yet my doctor blamed me for the harm he did to my spine. My pain worsened over time and it became so intense that I thought about suicide.

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Specialist of Search Engine Optimizer (SEO) (Volunteer)


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The Specialist (Search Engine Optimizer (SEO)) is a position for those who have specific knowledge of a specific area of expertise and loves to post about their subject by posting articles, chats, videos, etc. This position reports directly to the Vice President (Karla Rabel) and to Dr. Patty.
The basic responsibilities of a Specialist (Search Engine Optimizer (SEO)) are:
• “Friend” Dr. Patty and all staff (one time only)
• Customize your profile and put up a picture, it can be a tag or a pet or an avatar.(one time only)
Have knowledge of social media and make sure that our social media sites are up to date.
Check your private email daily as notifications and private messages are sometimes routed through general email (A CIPAY mailbox will be given to you for CIPAY business only).
•Check your CIPAY inbox daily for messages. We request that you respond to member’s comments and questions within 24 hours (at the most, 48 hours). If you are unable to answer the question, please ask another staff member to help.
•Other duties as assigned
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Here’s why you can skip the new insomnia drug, Belsomra It’s expensive, barely helps, and poses safety concerns


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A sleepless night or two can leave you so tired and miserable that it can be tempting to take a medication that promises to help you slip into slumber. But the truth is that sleeping pills like Ambien and Lunesta don’t actually improve your sleep much, according to a Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs analysis, and the newest insomnia medication, Belsomra (suvorexant), is no exception.

It might help you nod off a few minutes faster or stay asleep slightly longer. But that small benefit comes with some big safety concerns, such as being too drowsy to drive the next day or feeling like you can’t move or talk.

We were prompted to take a close look at Belsomra, which is made by Merck, because it’s a new type of sleeping pill called an orexin-receptor antagonist. It acts on the brain in a different way compared to older insomnia meds. The Food and Drug Administration initially rejected high doses of Belsomra—30 mg and 40 mg—because it said they posed a dangerous risk of next-day drowsiness that could lead to deadly auto crashes.

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A Holistic Approach To Pain Management


Helping to alleviate chronic pain in people involves more than just prescribing pills for them to pop or giving them a shot. Pain management, or algiatry, is the medical specialty of preventing, evaluating, treating, and rehabilitating persons in pain. Chronic pain may have originated with an injury or infection or there may be an ongoing cause of pain. Some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage. Whatever the cause of the pain, its management and relief should take a multidisciplinary and holistic approach.

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Pain Management: Pacing and Goal Setting


Chronic pain can change the way that people live their lives and carry out their daily activities. For example many people found that they could no longer perform certain tasks without experiencing increased pain and fatigue. This could lead to them becoming increasingly inactive, or catching up on jobs when they had a good day, which then lead to a flare-up of pain and the need to rest up for a few days (see also ‘Coping with flare-up’). Many of the people that we talked to had learnt techniques to manage their activities, minimise their pain and help prevent flare-ups. Usually these techniques had been learnt on NHS Pain Management Programmes through healthcare professionals, or support groups, but others had learnt through the Internet or books (see also ‘Learning about pain management’; ‘NHS pain management programmes’).

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