New Survey: Barriers to Accessing Pain Meds: 47% have Contemplated Suicide

The survey, conducted by the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA), received responses from 1001 individuals. Topline results showed that: · 56% have had issues/difficulty obtaining a prescription for their pain medications, while 39% cite their physician no longer prescribes pain medication, and 38% say their physician is not prescribing their specific medication; · 63% said their pharmacy carries only a limited supply of medication, and 28% said the pharmacy does not carry their medication at all; · 30% have gone to the emergency room seeking relief for their pain; and · 70% cite that they are not concerned about the potential for their medications to be diverted for illicit use by family or friends. “The FDA Opioid Action Plan identifies the importance of balancing the societal risk of opioid misuse and abuse with access to effective medications for patients living with chronic pain,” said Donna Kalauokalani, MD, MPH, Pain Management and ACPA board member. “We believe abuse-deterrent formulations of opioids can help provide individuals with pain access to treatment options while deterring potential misuse or abuse. We must not lose sight of the importance of treatment options for those individuals who legitimately need them.” (Support for the survey was provided by an unrestricted grant from Egalet to ACPA.)