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January 19, 2011

·  FDA Limits Acetaminophen In Prescription Combination Products; Requires Liver Toxicity Warnings

·  MedPAC Recommends 1% Medicare Raise for Physicians in 2012

·  Early Registration Deadline Next Week for February Course

·  ASIPP Abstract Registration Open

·  ASIPP Nominations Open to Membership

·  House Republicans Keep Up Health Law Criticism As Repeal Vote Looms

·  National Health Spending Growth Held to Record-Breaking Low

·  Prescription Drug Containers May Get Simpler Labels

·  State Society News

·  Physicians Wanted

FDA Limits Acetaminophen In Prescription Combination Products; Requires Liver Toxicity Warnings

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is asking manufacturers of prescription combination products that contain acetaminophen to limit the amount of acetaminophen to no more than 325 milligrams (mg) in each tablet or capsule.

The FDA also is requiring manufacturers to update labels of all prescription combination acetaminophen products to warn of the potential risk for severe liver injury.

Acetaminophen, also called APAP, is a drug that relieves pain and fever and can be found in both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) products. It is combined in many prescription products with other ingredients, usually opioids such as codeine (Tylenol with Codeine), oxycodone (Percocet), and hydrocodone (Vicodin). OTC acetaminophen products are not affected by today's action.


MedPAC Recommends 1% Medicare Raise for Physicians in 2012

JAn agency that advises Congress about the Medicare program recommended last week that physicians receive a 1% pay hike in 2012 so that they would be motivated to continue treating seniors.

However, Congress does not necessarily act on the advice of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). The agency also had proposed a 1% raise for 2011, but Congress froze reimbursement this year at 2010 levels as part of the latest "doc fix" for the crisis triggered by the government's sustainable growth rate formula. That formula, created by Congress in 1997 to set Medicare reimbursement rates, called for a 25% cut effective January 1. Congress voted in December to postpone the reduction for a year, and to keep rates flat in the meantime.

Medscape Today

Early Registration Deadline Next Week for February Course

Registration is now open for the
February and April Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop in Interventional Pain Management. Both courses feature Basic, Intermediate, and Comprehensive Interventional Pain Management Examination section levels. The courses will be held on February 18-20 and April 8-10 in Memphis, Tenn. In order to maintain an optimal participant/instructor ratio, space in both courses is limited so please register early to assure a spot in the course and in the level of your choice.

During the 2½-day Comprehensive Review Course and Cadaver Workshop, you can improve existing skills and/or learn new techniques. You will have the opportunity for personal interaction with our distinguished faculty comprised of excellent teachers and lecturers. It is always our goal is to create a thorough and compelling educational experience for you.

Whether you have been practicing interventional pain management for many years or are new to the field with basic skills, we are confident you will find these courses and workshops to be beneficial to you in your practice. With the ever changing dynamics in healthcare and in the specialty of interventional pain management, it-is essential that we continue learning and exploring new procedures and techniques in our specialty.

Both courses will take place at the Marriott Memphis, 2625 Thousand Oaks Boulevard (901-362-6200) on Friday. Ask for the ASIPP reduced room rate of $129 when making your accommodations. On Saturday and Sunday we will transport you the Medical Education and Research Institute (MERI) for a hands-on learning experience.

February brochure Click HERE for February Registration

April brochure Click HERE for April Registration

Register for 2011 Course Today

ASIPP Abstract Registration Open

The Online Abstract Submission for the 13th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) is now open. The meeting will be held June 25- June 29, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA.

To be considered for a presentation at the meeting, abstracts must be submitted and completed by the submission deadline of 5:00pm Central Standard Time (CST) Monday, May 2, 2011.

Abstract submission must be completed through ASIPP's interactive online form.

Click HERE to access form.

Submit Abstract

ASIPP Nominations Open to Membership

It is once again time to consider the ASIPP Board elections. In accordance with the ASIPP bylaws, we are requesting nominations from eligible candidates to serve as officers and directors-at-large with service to begin immediately following the annual business meeting held on June 26, 2011.

We are seeking nominations for interested, hard-working, service-oriented ASIPP members in good-standing who are willing to serve the organization as an officer or director on the board. The nomination committee will select two members per position from the submitted nominations for the 2011 election ballot. The election ballot will be sent out sometime after the March 31, 2011 nomination deadline and prior to the 13th Annual Meeting.

Please click on the following link for the nomination instructions and form. For your convenience, you will submit your nominations electronically. We have provided information on the current board and available openings. The last day to submit your electronic nominations is January 31, 2011.

Please do not nominate any one (or) a person for more than one position. For more information on the positions available and the current officers, please CLICK HERE for the 2011 Board of Directors Information Sheet.

Nomination Ballot

House Republicans Keep Up Health Law Criticism As Repeal Vote Looms

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones) -- U.S. House Republicans kept up a steady drum beat of criticism of last year's health-care law early Wednesday, emphasizing differences with the Obama administration and Democratic lawmakers hours before the chamber is to vote on repealing the measure


The vote is largely symbolic because Democrats control the U.S. Senate and have said there is no chance that a repeal of U.S. President Barack Obama's signature policy will occur. But the drive has allowed Republicans and Democrats to highlight their differences, with each side lobbing verbal bombs.

Wall Street Journal

National Health Spending Growth Held to Record-Breaking Low

Washington -- The most recent economic recession slowed the growth of national health spending to 4% in 2009 -- the slowest rate since at least 1960. Patients delayed elective care and limited out-of-pocket spending, in part because millions of people lost private health coverage.

However, the percentage of the nation's gross domestic product devoted to health care increased to 17.6% in 2009, a full percentage point higher than in 2008, because health spending grew at a faster pace than the economy as a whole. Overall health spending reached $2.49 trillion, according to an annual report on national health spending by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of the Actuary, published online Jan. 5 in the journal Health Affairs.

"The slowdown was widespread among all health care goods and services," said Anne Martin, CMS economist and report co-author.

AMA news

Prescription Drug Containers May Get Simpler Labels

Nearly half of patients misunderstand dosage instructions on prescription container labels, and more than half do not comprehend the warnings on those labels, according to different studies. For years, medical experts have advocated for simpler labels to help patients take their medications as intended.

Labeling standards proposed in January by the influential U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention could make those recommendations a reality.

USP's proposal says that, when creating prescription labels, pharmacies should:

  • · Emphasize the most important information at the top, such as the patient's name, drug name, drug strength and instructions.
  • · Steer clear of Latin terms; use simple, concise language; and make instructions more explicit. For example, labels should say "Take 2 tablets in the morning and in the evening," instead of "Take two tablets twice daily."
  • · Format labels with a large font size, the equivalent of 12-point Times New Roman or bigger, and use black print on a white background.
  • · Use normal punctuation, provide enough white space between lines of text and have text run only horizontally on the label.

AMA news

State Society News

FSIPP Annual Meeting 2011 set for May 13-15, 2011

Be sure to save the dates of May 13 - 15, 2011, for FSIPP's Annual Meeting, Conference & Tradeshow, to be held again at The Gaylord Palms, Kissimee (Orlando). The event will kick off Friday evening, May 13, with a Welcome Reception and a presentation on The Health Benefits of Wine!

Continuing education lectures will go on all day Saturday and Sunday morning, as has been our format for the last couple of years. We've had some very good feedback about the educational content of our meetings, and the 2011 meeting is shaping up with some exciting topics:

  • "Soft Tissue Pathology"
  • "The Musculoskeletal Physical Exam with Pearls"
  • "An MCO Medical Director's Perspective on Pain Management - Medical and Interventional"
  • "Clinical Research Breakthroughs/Updates"
  • "The Evolution of Epidural Lysis of Adhesions"
  • "The Dangers of Transforaminal ESI"
  • "The Florida Statutes, DOH Regulations, and BOM/BOOM Rules Regarding Pain Clinics"

Please watch http://flsipp.org/ for developing program and registration details, or call 904-221-9171.

Physicians Wanted

Visit the ASIPP Web site to find available positions for IPM physicians.

Physicians Wanted


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