CDC Re-Opens Door for Public Comment on Opioid Prescribing Guideline – National Pain Report
PROP has been so emboldened by all its public/media support that they seem to believe they are beyond the “normal rules” of how public guidelines are created.
In this virulent anti-opioid document, they’ve dropped the pretense of even appearing to care about pain patient access to opioids, and colluded with members of the CDC to create what is essentially a propaganda piece.
With this latest outrage, PROP has crossed the line, and our protests are finally being heard.
Under mounting criticism from patients, physicians and industry, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced it has opened a second period for public comment on its Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, the agency made public in a notice in the Federal Register.
“This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register
on 12/14/2015 and available online at
CDC’s draft guidelines will be available on Monday, December 14, 2015, at http://www.Regulations.gov for review and comment.
The public comment period opens December 14, 2015 and closes January 13, 2016.
When the CDC first presented its draft guidelines in a webinar, but not through publication on its website or through other communications vehicles, the agency allowed only two days for public comment.
That drew a lot of scrutiny.
The CDC was widely criticized for developing the guidelines in secrecy, prompting the Washington Legal Foundation to threaten a law suit, charging that “state governments and the medical community are unlikely to accept any guidelines tainted by charges that they were prepared in secret without meaningful stakeholder input and with the assistance of individuals who have serious conflicts of interest,” the group wrote in a letter to Dr. Tom Frieden, Director for CDC and Dr. Debra Houry, Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
Reaction from pain patients and industry has been deafening, with many arguing that the guidelines will further push pain practitioners out of practice, while simultaneously limiting access to opioids for people who need them.
Instructions on how to submit comments
from the Federal Register
[FR Doc. 2015-31375 Filed: 12/11/2015 8:45 am; Publication Date: 12/14/2015]