Raritan, N.J. — To assist healthcare professionals in managing their patients' pain, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (JPI) today launched several new resources and tools on PrescribeResponsibly.com, an online program designed to support appropriate and responsible treatment of pain. Introduced in early 2010, PrescribeResponsibly.com and its many educational materials have been viewed by thousands of physicians and pharmacists, both via its website and at medical conferences.
"Millions of adult Americans suffer with acute or chronic pain. Determining how to treat pain poses a challenge to both physicians and patients," said Steven Passik, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.*
"It is important to ensure that issues often associated with opioid pain medicines, including abuse, addiction, misuse and diversion, do not prevent patients who need relief from having access to appropriate pain treatment. The tools and content offered on PrescribeResponsibly.com may help physicians better understand how to strike the challenging balance between safeguarding patients and ensuring they have the care they need."
Clinical materials newly added to the website include a variety of pain and risk assessments intended to help physicians evaluate pain, manage adverse events, identify aberrant drug-related behaviors, monitor long-term therapy, facilitate patient education and communication, and document treatment progress when using opioid therapies. Also featured is general education content authored by experts related to safe and responsible opioid prescribing and pain management.
"Pain medications play an important role in the treatment of pain when used correctly," said Paul Chang, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs at Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. "We want to make sure we equip physicians with the appropriate resources and tools to help them safely and effectively use opioids in their practice so that patients are neither undertreated nor unnecessarily exposed to risk."
PrescribeResponsibly.com was developed in consultation with expert leaders in pain management, psychology, and addiction medicine. The written content covers a range of topics related to the appropriate prescribing of opioid analgesics and offers case studies to help healthcare professionals. The website is designed both to help physicians ensure that patients suffering from chronic pain have access to necessary treatment, and to address knowledge gaps around pain medication prescribing practices, to reduce the chances of misuse and abuse.