Not-for-profit advocacy group Shatterproof, led by CEO Gary Mendell, has created the Substance Use Disorder Treatment Task Force with the hope of putting an influential surgeon general’s report into action.
The opioid crisis, mental health and childhood obesity are three key focus areas of the Department of Health and Human Services, according to Secretary Tom Price, MD, speaking at the National Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit.
April 18, 2017 | Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor
A congressional forum at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit had one member saying the nation can't throw money at the crisis, while another warned of dangerous directions from the nominated FDA leader.
Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) proposed legislation to limit initial opioid prescriptions for acute pain to seven days, modeled after policies already in effect in several states.
Many mental health advocacy groups push for greater input from patients in clinical trials, but new research shows payers are more interested in objective data that measures new medications’ effectiveness.