AMA Decries the Impact of the CDC’s Opioid Guidelines on Pain Treatment

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November 19, 2018

The physician group says widespread “misapplication” of the guidelines is hurting patients.

Last week the American Medical Association took a stand against the “misapplication” of the opioid prescribing guidelines that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in 2016. The resolution reflects the frustration of physicians who have found that the CDC’s advice, as interpreted by legislators, regulators, insurers, pharmacists, and law enforcement agencies, is interfering with treatment of patients suffering from severe pain.

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