Pain Management Updates & New Resources
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Description: As part of the Pain Management Partnership, American Pharmacists Association and Purdue Pharma L.P. announce availability of Profiles in Pain Management Compendium. Features articles on pain management and pharmacy practice.


June 20, 2003
Contact: APhA, Andrea Waterman,, 202-429-7537
Contact: Purdue Pharma, Jim Heins,, (203) 588-8069

APhA-Purdue Pain Management Partnership Announces Updates and New Resources

Washington, DC -- As part of the Pain Management Partnership, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and Purdue Pharma L.P. announce the availability of the Profiles in Pain Management Compendium, a continuing education monograph featuring articles published in APhA's Pharmacy Today from June 2000 to December 2002. The articles focus on issues relevant to pain management and pharmacy practice. This publication has been mailed to approximately 85,000 pharmacists nationwide and it will also be available on APhA's website at http://www.pharmacist.coms in July 2003.

The development of the compendium stems from APhA's Pain Management Partnership to address the misconceptions that exist regarding pain management. As part of the partnership, APhA's educational programs and resources help advance the knowledge base, attitudes, and behaviors of pharmacy students, pharmacists, and the public and support the critical role pharmacists play in providing appropriate pain management and preventing prescription drug abuse.

Recently at the APhA's Annual Meeting and Exposition on March 28 -- April 1, 2003, in New Orleans, Louisiana, President Jan Engle, Pharm.D set the stage for Pain Management educational events when she announced the Partnership at the opening general session. "Through this multi-year program, we intend to enhance practitioners' and students' understanding and skills in pain management." During APhA2003, three clinical education programs on pain management were offered:

--Management of Persistent Pain: A Patient's Perspective
--Is It Legitimate? Tips for Assessing Prescriptions for Controlled Substances
--Persistent Pain Management for Improved Quality of Life

Along with the educational programs at the Annual Meeting, APhA and Purdue also hosted a publicity event to showcase multiple Partnership programs for practitioners, college of pharmacy students and faculty.

As stated by APhA 2002-2003 President Jan Engle, "By implementing strategies to improve pain management, pharmacists can more fully realize their professional oath to provide relief of human suffering."

The American Pharmacists Association is dedicated to improving medication use and advancing patient care. Founded in 1852 as the American Pharmaceutical Association, APhA is the first-established and largest professional association of pharmacists in the United States. Our more than 50,000 members include pharmacists, scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and others interested in advancing the profession. Additional information about APhA, resources for pharmacy professionals, and resources for consumers can be found on ,,, respectively.

Purdue Pharma L.P. and its associated U.S. companies are privately held pharmaceutical companies known for pioneering research on persistent pain and associated treatments. Headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, Purdue is engaged in the research, development, production, and distribution of both prescription and over-the-counter medications and hospital products. Additional information about Purdue can be found at
June 20, 2003