Essential Updates: Comp Medical News April

Welcome to this month’s edition of Comp Medical News. Workplace yoga, kratom, and illegal online sales of opioids are your headlines for April 2019.

 

FDA Issues Warning to Illegal Online Opioid Purveyors

The FDA announced the issuance of two warning letters to operators of websites that illegally market potentially dangerous, unapproved and misbranded opioid medications, including tramadol. The warning letters issued to azmedicinalshop.com and thedonrx.net request that they immediately cease offering violative drugs for sale to U.S. consumers.

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Exercise Intervention Improves Low Back Pain Symptoms

Initial results from a small ongoing Canadian study show that an intensive 16-week exercise regimen reduces pain and perceived disability. According to Pain Medicine News, the researchers are attempting to parse the intersection of high risk psychological factors for chronic pain (catastrophizing, perceived disability, etc.), exercise, and the development of chronic pain. One of the strongest results so far had to do with kinesiophobia. Patients reported less fear of movement and more confidence during the exercise intervention.

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FDA Issues Statement on Regulatory Pathways for Cannabis Derivatives

The FDA offered some information about the agency’s plans to create regulatory pathways for cannabis products in medicine, veterinary care, and cosmetics. The FDA says that it has a plan for how it plans to figure out lawful marketing practices for cannabis derived products which include:

  • A May 31st public meeting,
  • The formation of a high-level internal agency working group to explore potential pathways for dietary supplements and/or conventional foods containing CBD to be lawfully marketed,
  • Webpage updates, and
  • Warning letters to companies producing CBD products with false claims.

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Spinal Manipulation Eased LBP as Much as Exercise, Painkillers

Spinal manipulation, like that performed by a chiropractor, helped low back pain symptoms, according to data from 47 previously conducted trials involving a total of 9,211 mostly middle-aged adults. The researchers found that the spinal intervention worked as well as exercise, NSAIDs and painkillers, especially in the short term. The results indicate that spinal manipulation could be considered as a first-line option; it is usually considered a second-line or adjunct option in guidelines.

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U.S. Accuses Invidior of Marketing of Suboxone

The Department of Justice indicted UK-based pharmaceutical company Invidior over its marketing activities surrounded Suboxone, an opioid used to treat opioid addiction as part of a method called Medication Assisted Treatment. The indictment says that Invidior boosted sales by falsely claiming that its film version of Suboxone was safer than other similar treatments. If the government succeeds, it will mean a $3 billion penalty.

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Workplace Yoga Can Lower Stress

A research review published in Occupational Medicine has found that people who participate in yoga breaks in the workplace experience lower stress levels than those who don’t. According to Reuters, researchers examined data from 13 trials with about 1,300 participants. Some workers in these trials were randomly assigned to participate in workplace yoga programs while others were not. The yoga intervention did not affect biometrics, but it did have a positive effect on mental health, and especially for stress reduction.

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Kratom Supplements Linked to Overdose

A new Centers for Disease Control report indicates that there were 91 overdose deaths linked to kratom supplements in the U.S. between 2016 and 2017. Kratom, an herbal product originating from Southeast Asia, is sold as a remedy for everything from anxiety to pain relief and opioid addiction. According to Time, the CDC’s study examined more than 27,000 overdoses in 27 states from July 2016 and December 2017. In seven of the 91 cases in which kratom was determined to be a cause of death, the drug was the only substance to test positive in a toxicology report, though additional substances could not be ruled out.

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