Patient-Focused Drug Development meeting with FDA

Patient-Focused Drug Development meeting with FDA – Twitter Conversation sent by Scott Gottlieb, the FDA Commissioner from:

Scott Gottlieb, M.D. @SGottliebFDA   
#FDA will be hosting a Patient-Focused Drug Development meeting July 9 to obtain patients’ perspectives on the impacts of chronic pain, views on treatment approaches and challenges or barriers to accessing treatments.

This sounds promising to me. It seems like big step forward for pain patients, for the FDA Commissioner to publicly acknowledge that we exist and that opioids are necessary for some of us… quite a daring move in today’s opiophobic political atmosphere.

More info on meeting coming soon: [this link goes to a schedule that doesn’t include this event yet (4/18 at 7:30pm)]
17 April

Scott Gottlieb, M.D. @SGottliebFDA
For #PFDD meeting on chronic pain, #FDA is interested in hearing from patients who experience chronic pain managed w/ analgesic medications (opioids, acetaminophen, NSAIDs, antidepressants, other medications) or non-pharmacologic interventions/therapies:
17 April

I’d love to tell them the long story of everything I tried before resorting to opioids, but I think I’ll just send a list: acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, injections, surgery, etc…. and of course I need antidepressants; having to live every day in constant pain is depressing.

Scott Gottlieb, M.D. @SGottliebFDA
Patient perspectives at 7/9 #PFDD meeting on chronic pain are critical as #FDA seeks to decrease opioid exposure while maintaining safe, effective, appropriate opioid prescribing for patients who need it, and fostering development of novel pain treatments:
17 April

If they ever get that website updated for this event, I expect they will also be accepting comments online. It’s especially unrealistic for patients to travel to the location of the meeting, but we should have our input accepted and acknowledged.



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