NEWS ACROSS THE PROFESSION
ways to remove unused medications from homes
supporting education for patients and health care providers
reducing the number of “pill mills” and doctor-shopping through
In concert with the White House plan, the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) is announcing a new risk reduction pro-
gram—called a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy—for all
extended-release and long-acting opioid medications.
Opioids are synthetic versions of opium that are used to treat
moderate and severe pain.
FDA experts say extended-release and long-acting opioids—
including OxyContin, Avinza, Dolophine, Duragesic, and eight
other brand names—are extensively misprescribed, misused, and
abused, leading to overdoses, addiction, and even deaths across
the United States. FDA says a 2007 survey revealed that more
than half of opioid abusers got the drug from a friend or relative.
Opioids—such as morphine and oxycodone—are used to treat
moderate and severe pain. Over the past few decades, drug makers
have developed extended-release opioid formulas to treat people
in pain over a long period.
FDA estimates that more than 33 million Americans age 12 and
older misused extended-release and long-acting opioids during
2007—up from 29 million just five years earlier. And in 2006,
nearly 50,000 emergency room visits were related to opioids.
FDA has had the power to request companies to develop REMS
since 2007. The plans may also include medication guides and
patient package inserts.
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Englewood, NJ Doctor - Honored at
World Chiropractic Congress in Rio
STEPHEN PRESS, DC, PHD, WAS THE HONOREE LAST
WEEK IN RIO DE JANEIRO, AT THE WORLD CONGRESS
OF CHIROPRACTIC, BY REPRESENTATIVES OF 100
NATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS, FOR FOUNDING THE INTER-
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF SPORTS CHIROPRACTIC,
KNOWN AS "FICS".
At the World Chiropractic Congress in Rio de
Janeiro, last week, the representatives of some
100 national Chiropractic Associations met to hold the World
meetings of the two agencies which represent the Chiropractic
profession at the World level; the World Federation of Chiropractic
(WFC) and FICS, the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic. The Executive Board of FICS voted to honor Dr. Stephen
Press, of Englewood, NJ with the"Founder's Award" for founding
the federation in1987 in London.
At the beautiful Kensington Town hall in downtown London, in
Sept 1987, the representatives of 23 National associations met on
invitation of Dr. Press, who was serving as Chairman of the ACA
(American Chiropractic Association) Sports Council's International
Affairs committee at the time. They voted to form the federation,
and then elected him their first president.
He continues to practice in Englewood, NJ, and today serves as
editor-in-chief for the Harvard Medical School based Wiki site,
WikiDoc.org for Alternative medicine, and as Exec. Tech Dir. for
the Columbia based site, called Ourmed.org.
You wouldn’t even buy a stereo from this guy.
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