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FDA's Opioid Analgesic Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) Finalized

In response to the growing opioid crisis, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved the final Opioid Analgesic Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS), designed to reduce the risk of abuse, misuse, addiction, overdose, and deaths due to prescription opioid analgesics.

Lower Income Elderly are More Likely to Use Opioids

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Blacks Suffer When Pain is Poorly Defined

Racial discrimination was a key feature at a 2-day summit on pain management and the opioid crisis, hosted by the National Institutes of Health on Thursday and Friday.

Asheley Cockrell Skinner, PhD, of the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, North Carolina, provided a broad overview of racial bias in opioid prescribing.