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Petition by The Center for Medicine in the Public Interest: Congress and States Must Put Pain Patients First: Don’t Politicize FDA Decisions on Pain Medications.

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Our elected officials should act to protect medical progress in chronic pain relief. One hundred million people in the United States deal with debilitating chronic pain and need access to approved medications every day to stay productive and attain some measure of quality of life.

Up to 2.4 million people in chronic pain, who are currently taking immediate-release hydrocodone with acetaminophen for management of their severe chronic pain, may be at risk for liver damage due to acetaminophen, which can be fatal or require a liver transplant.  The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a medication option for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate. The option does not contain acetaminophen.

This FDA-approved medication also provides a needed treatment option for severe chronic pain patients who have developed opioid tolerance, are not getting optimum pain relief or are experiencing side effects with other long-acting opioids.

People suffering chronic pain should not have to shoulder the burden of abuse
Lawmakers and state leaders have gone to extraordinary lengths to overturn the FDA’s decision.  These politicians have sought to make it effectively illegal to prescribe an approved and needed treatment option for some, citing concern about increased opioid abuse in America.

According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, there are 2.1 million people who were addicted to pain pills in the prior year. According to the Institute of Medicine, more than 100 million patients experience chronic pain.  Yet some lawmakers and frustrated law enforcement officials want to limit our options to pain medications for clinically diagnosed medical conditions.  They claim some options can too easily be abused and misused.

Let’s be clear: Any opioid can be abused by taking one or several pills in many different available doses. And some manufacturers are taking comprehensive steps to manage against the risk of misuse.

And let’s be clear: Diversion of illicit drugs to the street is a very real problem with devastating consequences for our communities. But restricting patients’ legitimate access to needed and FDA-approved medications is not the answer.          

We must protect medical access for those afflicted with the most severe pain
The FDA did its job correctly by approving a unique treatment option based on its safety and efficacy data.

Do not let politiicans overturn the FDA’s legitimate and expert approval of a pain medicine option that can bring relief.  Do not infringe on patient access to approved pain medication options in any State. Help us send a message to Washington and state capitals across the nation to do the right thing.

Stand up and show your support for people with chronic pain.  Please sign our petition today.

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