Future of pain therapies at forefront of physician meeting

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official will address pain medicine physicians' concerns about the FDA's stance on new pain therapies in the pipeline at the American Academy of Pain Medicine's (AAPM) 22nd Annual Meeting at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, Calif., February 22 – 25, 2006.

Scott Gottlieb, MD, Deputy Commissioner for Medical and Scientific Affairs at the FDA, will speak on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, from 11:15 a.m. – noon.

Program Highlights:

Thursday, February 23:
8:30 - 9:30 am – Ethical Challenges for the Pain Medicine Physician: Recognizing Conflicts of Interest
10:30 - 11:15 am – Keynote Address: FDA Regulation of Treatments for Pain: Watchdog or Lapdog
11:15 a.m. – noon – Scott Gottlieb, MD, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Medical and Scientific Affairs

Friday, February 24:
8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Axial Low Back and Neck Pain: Precise Diagnosis Leads to Specific Treatment
11:30-noon – Decade of Pain Lecture: Opioid Pharmacogenetics and the Need for Individualize Therapy
3:45 - 5 p.m. – Radiofrequency Techniques in Chronic Spine Pain: Efficacy and Controversies
5-6:30 p.m. – Scientific Poster Session

Saturday, February 25:
8:30-10 a.m. – Updates on Legislative and Advocacy Issues in Pain Medicine
11 – 11:30 a.m. – Keynote Address: William G. Plested III, M.D., President Elect, American Medical Association
2-3:30 p.m. – Alternative Therapies for Treating Pain: An Evidence-Based Approach
5-6:30 p.m. – Scientific Poster Session

AAPM is the medical specialty society representing physicians practicing in the field of pain medicine. The Academy is involved in education, training, advocacy and research in the specialty of pain medicine.

The 22nd annual meeting offers a selection of educational opportunities in pain medicine. Approximately 1,000 people are expected to attend the meeting.

“Our multidisciplinary membership draws from all areas of medicine,” says Scott M. Fishman, M.D., AAPM president. “The new field of Pain Medicine is growing rapidly and this national conference offers the opportunity for physicians from multiple specialties and backgrounds to come together and learn from one another to advance the cause of reducing pain and suffering.” Dr. Fishman is professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine and chief of the division of pain medicine at the University of California, Davis.


This release has been updated since it was originally posted.

Founded in 1983, AAPM is the medical specialty society representing physicians practicing in the field of pain medicine. Information is available on the practice of pain medicine at www.painmed.org.

For more information, contact Amy Jenkins at 312/371-8365 during the meeting or at 312/836-0613 after Feb 25th or email [email protected]

For additional meeting details, please link to http://painmed.org/annualmeeting/

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