Cancer patients and those with anemia should not be denied opioids, says CDC

Cancer patients and those with anemia should not be denied opioids, says CDC

Publication date: Apr 12, 2019

The U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a letter clarifying that people suffering from severe pain caused by cancer or sickle-cell anemia should not be denied prescriptions for opioid pain-killers.

The letter, which was issued on Tuesday, emphasizes that the guidelines restricting the use of opioid medications were not intended to apply to patients undergoing cancer treatment or to any patients suffering from chronic pain.

Hematology society member Dr. Deepika Darbari, who treats young patients with sickle cell anemia reports that she has experienced insurers who refuse to cover IV opioids for patients experiencing severe pain, based on the CDC guidelines.

Now, the CDC has published a letter clarifying that the guidelines were never intended to deny such patients the painkillers, after three medical societies (the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology [ASCO] and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network [NCCN]) brought the problem to the agency’s attention.

Concepts Keywords
Anemia Insurance
CDC Young sickle anemia
Chronic Pain Sickle cell anemia
Darbari Pain management
Deepika Pain
Epidemic Perception
Hematology RTT
Insurance Opioids
NCCN Acute pain
Opioid Nociception
Opioid Addiction Pain management
Opioid Epidemic Analgesic
Opioids Sickle cell disease
Pain Opioid rotation
Pain Management
Pain Medications
Painkillers
Pharmacies
Primary Care
Sickle
Sickle Cell
Sickle Cell Anemia
Society
Unintended Consequence

Semantics

Type Source Name
disease MESH Cancer
disease DOID Cancer
disease MESH anemia
disease DOID anemia
disease MESH suffering
disease MESH chronic pain
gene UNIPROT NR4A2
gene UNIPROT ALG3
gene UNIPROT IMPACT
disease MESH sickle cell anemia
disease DOID sickle cell anemia
gene UNIPROT THOP1
disease MESH opioid abuse
disease DOID opioid abuse
drug DRUGBANK Nonoxynol-9
gene UNIPROT PTPN5

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