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December 02, 2005: Attention Preferred Providers - New Quick Reference Chart Available

November 11, 2005: Slide Deck and Reference Materials Posted for the Central Illinois Pain Center's 3rd Annual Chronic Pain Conference

November 07, 2005: DEA's authority to review new painkiller applications REMOVED from pending legislation

November 04, 2005: Attention Clinicians - New Material Added to Legal Pain Zone

November 03, 2005: Attention Members - Multiple Website Updates

October 28, 2005: Slide Decks Posted for Las Vegas and Grand Rapids

October 28, 2005: Slide Decks Posted for Dallas, Tyler, and Houston, TEXAS

October 28, 2005: Slide Decks Posted for all September-October AUDIO CONFERENCES

October 28, 2005: Slide Decks Posted for South Carolina Pain Society Meeting

October 21, 2005: SLIDE DECKS POSTED - NUMEROUS PROGRAMS - See list in article

October 20, 2005: HAVE YOU RECEIVED ONE OF THESE LETTERS YET?

October 10, 2005: Southern Pain Society and Kentucky Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting - October 15-17, 2005 - LEXINGTON, KY

October 08, 2005: ATTENTION PREFERRED CLINICIANS AND ATTENDEES -- Forms posted for Tennessee and Pennsylvania Lectures

October 03, 2005: Internet Pharmacies

October 03, 2005: Import/Export of Personal Medications - Medications while traveling abroad

September 28, 2005: Federal Government Awards Millions to States for Prescription Monitoring Programs

September 21, 2005: DEA Dismantles Internet Pharmacy Operation

September 16, 2005: ATTENTION PREFERRED HEALTH PROVIDERS & LECTURE ATTENDEES - Forms and Slide Decks from Boston, MA and Portsmouth, NH posted

September 16, 2005: DEA Launches Secure Electronic Ordering System for Controlled Substances

September 16, 2005: DEA

September 09, 2005: ATTENTION PREFERRED HEALTH PROVIDERS AND LECTURE ATTENDEES - Forms posted for Houston and Salt Lake City. All slide decks for the past two weeks will be posted Friday, 9/9/05

September 09, 2005: DEA Releases National Forensic Laboratory Information System (NFLIS) Annual Report of 2004

September 09, 2005: Pain Therapeutics Announces Phase III Results on Remoxy

September 07, 2005: Information for Katrina Survivors - Sudden Withdrawal from Pain Medications

September 03, 2005: Cecil Knox, Virginia doctor, pleads guilty in federal court to illegally distributing prescription drugs

August 31, 2005: AMA Article on Lack of Informed Consent with Patients on Drugs

August 31, 2005: ATTENTION HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS & LECTURE ATTENDEES - Forms posted for Bethlehem, PA; Dallas and Tyler, TX: Slides to follow

August 26, 2005: VERY IMPORTANT - DEA Just Issued a Clarification to the Interim Policy Statement on Prescribing SII Controlled Substances

August 22, 2005: North Carolina Medical Board Revises Prescribing Policy on Controlled Substances for Pain

August 18, 2005: A really good reason to ask your patients about and test them for METHAMPHETAMINE - the problem in the US is bad and growing!

August 18, 2005: ATTENTION MEMBERS - Updates to Handy Handbooks Taking Place

August 17, 2005: DEA and State Law Enforcement shut down large internet pharmacy in FL

August 17, 2005: REMINDER - SAMHSA support system for physicians engaged in the office-based treatment of opioid addiction

August 17, 2005: Attention General and Preferred Members - Updates to Website

August 16, 2005: PHYSICIANS - New LegalPain Quick Update on DEA Accountability

August 16, 2005: FDA Releases Public Information on Drug Safety Oversight Board; Contains New Information for Practitioners (think Informed Consent)

August 13, 2005: NASPER is now OFFICIAL - President Bush signs new legislation on prescription monitoring

August 13, 2005: DEA Publishes New Information on Reporting SIGNIFICANT Losses of Controlled Substances

August 13, 2005: Major Drug Trafficking Indictment Involving OxyContin in Miami, FL

August 13, 2005: Preferred Members and Lecture Attendees - Slide Decks for Columbus and Cleveland posted

August 10, 2005: NEW TOOL FOR PHYSICIANS - Legal Side of Pain Preferred Members Only

August 10, 2005: DEA Diversion Control Unit Issues FAQ on State Prescription Monitoring Programs

August 05, 2005: National Committee for Quality Assurance announces new program to provide better care for those who suffer with low back pain

August 04, 2005: Slide Decks from Ft. Myers and Naples Florida POSTED

August 04, 2005: New Tool to Test your Informed Consent and Treatment Agreement Paperwork

August 03, 2005: President Bush signs Amendment to DATA 2000 - lifts 30 patient limit for GROUP PRACTICES ONLY

August 02, 2005: Preferred Members - Clinicians Group ONLY - Test your knowledge of the DEA's Interim Policy Statement with one of our forthcoming products

August 02, 2005: Things PAs SHOULD NOT do - Recent MICHIGAN prosecution for Medicaid Fraud and Drug Diversion

August 02, 2005: American Pain Foundation seeks support for HR 1020

August 02, 2005: Medicare Part D - Information you can use

July 29, 2005: NASPER Passes the Senate - A huge victory!

July 28, 2005: DEA Schedules Pregabalin as a Schedule V Controlled Substance

July 28, 2005: NASPER Passes the US House

July 28, 2005: ATTENTION PREFERRED MEMBERS & LECTURE ATTENDEES - Forms posted for Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale, and Palm Beach FLORIDA programs. Slide decks will be posted on Friday.

July 28, 2005: US House passes HR 5 on Medical Malpractice

July 28, 2005: Slide Decks for Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale, and Palm Beach posted

July 22, 2005: DEA thoughts on Marihuana (from April 2005)

July 22, 2005: ATTENTION PREFERRED MEMBERS & LECTURE ATTENDEES - Slide Decks and Forms posted for Maryville, TN

July 21, 2005: ATTENTION PREFERRED MEMBERS & LECTURE ATTENDEES - Slide Decks and Forms posted for Farmington Hills, MI

July 19, 2005: ATTENTION CALIFORNIA PROVIDERS WITH PREFERRED MEMBERSHIP (CA Board's position on DEA's Interim Policy Statement)

July 19, 2005: ATTENTION PREFERRED MEMBERS - Quick Update about Palladone and handling it in your practice

July 19, 2005: ATTENTION PREFERRED MEMBERS & LECTURE ATTENDEES - Slide Decks from ATLANTA (7-7-05) posted

July 19, 2005: ATTENTION FLORIDA PROVIDERS - The Florida Department of Law Enforcement & Prescription Drug Abuse and Diversion

July 18, 2005: ATTENTION PREFERRED MEMBERS & REGISTERED ATTENDEES - Slide Shows Posted for San Francisco 7-14-05 program

July 18, 2005: ATTENTION CSIPP Members - Slide Decks from 7-12-05 Posted

July 18, 2005: FDA Warns of Overdose Dangers Regarding Fentanyl Patch

July 18, 2005: ATTENTION PREFERRED MEMBERS & LECTURE ATTENDEES - Slide Decks for FRESNO (7-13-05) posted

July 18, 2005: ATTENTION PREFERRED MEMBERS & LECTURE ATTENDEES - SLIDE DECKS posted for Beverly Hills and Organge County

July 14, 2005: Purdue Pulls Palladone - Death Risk from Use of Drug + Alcohol Cited

July 14, 2005: ATTENTION PREFERRED MEMBERS & ATTENDEES - Forms posted for CSIPP and Fresno lectures. Slides to follow soon.

July 08, 2005: READ THIS REPORT on PRESCRIPTION DRUG DIVERSION from Columbia University

July 08, 2005: ATTENTION PREFERRED MEMBERS & LECTURE ATTENDEES - Forms posted for Brentwood, Santa Ana, Beverly Hills, and Atlanta. Slides will be posted within the next day.

July 08, 2005: American Society of Pain Educators announces first forum

June 30, 2005: NEED YOUR INPUT

June 29, 2005: CALIFORNIA Board of Medicine

June 27, 2005: VERY IMPORTANT - FROM DEA

June 27, 2005: REMINDER - SAMHSA TIP 40 - Treatment of Opioid Addiction - Guidelines

June 24, 2005: ATTENTION ATTENDEES - Honolulu, HI (morning program) - SLIDE SHOW POSTED

June 24, 2005: ATTENTION ATTENDEES - Honolulu EVENING PROGRAM - Forms Posted; Slides to Follow

June 24, 2005: ATTENTION EUREKA, CA LECTURE ATTENDEES - Forms Posted; Slides to Follow

June 16, 2005: ATTENTION CALIFORNIA PROVIDERS - Summary of New Laws - Some Relate to CS Prescribing

June 14, 2005: Purdue Pharma Investigation - SW Virginia

June 10, 2005: ATTENTION PREFERRED MEMBERS & ATTENDEES - Materials from June 7, 2005, Gainesville lecture posted

June 10, 2005: ATTENTION ATTENDEES ONLY - Lecture materials from June 8, 2005, meeting in Gainesville, FL, posted.

June 10, 2005: Florida Department of Law Enforcement Releases its Medical Examiners' Report on Drug Deaths

June 07, 2005: VERY IMPORTANT CIVIL CASE DECISION IN FLORIDA - READ THIS

June 06, 2005: ATTENTION PREFERRED MEMBERS & ATTENDEES - Materials from Jacksonville lecture posted

June 04, 2005: ATTENTION ATTENDEES - Remaining materials for BCBSA show posted

June 01, 2005: ATTENTIONA PREFERRED MEMBERS & ATTENDEES - Materials from Wilkes Barre Program Posted

May 25, 2005: Remember the Whizzinator? Read on . . .

May 24, 2005: 100,000 good reasons to make sure your Informed Consent process is a good one with any drug!

May 24, 2005: UTAH - Methadone deaths increase 300% from 2000 to 2004

May 24, 2005: FLORIDA doctor acquitted of murder charges but convicted of drug trafficking and related crimes

May 23, 2005: ATTENTION PREFERRED MEMBERS & ATTENDEES - Slides for Jacksonville posted; Links posted

May 23, 2005: NEW PAGE ADDED FOR PREFERRED MEMBERS - DEA Actions - Federal Registrants

May 21, 2005: ATTENTION PREFERRED MEMBERS & ATTENDEES - Forms posted from Jacksonville, FL program; Slide show on Monday.

May 17, 2005: DEA Issues Proposed Rule Schedule PREGABALIN into Schedule V

May 13, 2005: PPSG Publishes Updated Chart on Prescription Monitoring Programs

May 13, 2005: ATTENTION ATTENDEES and PREFERRED MEMBERS - Forms posted for Wilmington, Raleigh, and Hot Springs

May 12, 2005: Bolen delivers a message to DEA, State Licensing Boards and Law Enforcement Authorities

May 12, 2005: Minnesota - Not a Viking Fan? Read about Onterrio Smith and The Whizzinator and Substance Abuse problems

May 09, 2005: Massachusetts - Lynch Bill proposes National Ban on OxyContin

May 04, 2005: Arizona adds a pain management task force - report due 11/06

May 04, 2005: Louisiana - DEA Update on Prescribing Authority

May 04, 2005: IMPORTANT DEA EMERGENCY NOTICE - National Drug-Death Reporting System - Emergency Notice of Information Collection Request

May 04, 2005: ATTENTION PREFERRED MEMBERS & ATTENDEES - Materials from 5/2/05 Harrisburg, PA, program posted

May 03, 2005: New Report on Substance Abuse Nationwide

May 03, 2005: DEA Office of Diversion Control - Website has new look

April 29, 2005: PENNSYLVANIA PROVIDERS - RELEASE FROM MEDICAL BOARD

April 26, 2005: PREFERRED MEMBERS - New Form for Verification of Patient Self-Reports

April 23, 2005: Group Therapy - SAMHSA Publishes Tip 41

April 23, 2005: PREFERRED MEMBERS - New Tool for Georgia Providers

April 23, 2005: PREFERRED MEMBERS & ATTENDEES - Slide show and materials from SSPMR talk posted

April 22, 2005: ATTENTION PREFERRED MEMBERS & ATTENDEES - Slide show and related materials from Myrtle Beach, SC talk posted

April 22, 2005: ATTENTION PREFERRED MEMBERS & ATTENDEES: Slide show and materials from Columbia, SC talk posted

April 22, 2005: ATTENTION PREFERRED MEMBERS & ATTENDEES: slide show and materials from Charlotte, NC, talk posted

April 22, 2005: ATTENTION PREFERRED MEMBERS & ATTENDEES: Slide show and materials from Augusta, GA, talk posted

April 19, 2005: New Materials Added to Hurwitz Navigation Tab

April 17, 2005: ATTENDEES & PREFERRED MEMBERS - Materials posted from 4/12/05, lecture in Morristown, TN

April 14, 2005: Dr. Hurwitz sentenced to 25 years in prison.

April 13, 2005: Remember that Louisiana moratorium on new pain clinics in one parish? Read on for latest criminal case

April 12, 2005: New Materials for PREFERRED MEMBERS in Regulatory Compliance ZONE

April 11, 2005: PREFERRED MEMBERS - Relevant Definitions and Terminology Tool Posted

April 09, 2005: ATTENTION PREFERRED MEMBERS & ATTENDEES - Materials posted from 4/7/05 Lecture in DuBois, PA

April 09, 2005: PAIN MEDICINE NEWS TOOLKIT POSTED

April 07, 2005: FDA asks Pfizer, Inc. to withdraw Bextra from the market.

April 06, 2005: DEA to host meeting on Electronic Orders for Controlled Substances

April 06, 2005: Hurwitz Sentencing is April 14, 2005

April 06, 2005: This is a first - I think - Louisiana Parish issues moratorium on number of pain clinics to help get substance abuse problem under control

April 05, 2005: DEA Diversion Control Unit Posts Updated Information on States with Prescription Monitoring Programs

April 04, 2005: New for PREFERRED MEMBERS - A Compliance Decision/Thought Map

April 04, 2005: ATTENDEES & PREFERRED MEMBERS - Materials Posted for ASIPP Lectures in New Orleans

March 31, 2005: New Article on the Risk of Board Discipline Related to Prescribing Controlled Substances

March 31, 2005: Ouch!!! Hospital fined by federal government over missing OxyContin

March 30, 2005: ATTENDEES & PREFERRED MEMBERS ONLY - Slide show and related materials posted for 3-29-05 AUDIO CONFERENCE BY DECISION HEALTH

March 29, 2005: See - EVERY profession has bad eggs (or at least suspect eggs)

March 28, 2005: Clinical Information - Report on First of Two Phase III Trial Results on OxyTrex

March 27, 2005: ATTENDEES & PREFERRED MEMBERS ONLY - Materials posted from 3-23-05, Knoxville, TN, program

March 27, 2005: Hurwitz's Bail Revoked - Judge Orders him imprisoned pending his sentencing in April

March 22, 2005: Upcoming addition to Common Questions Forum AND SOLICITATION FOR MEMBER INPUT

March 21, 2005: Legal Pain Quick Update #7 posted - PREFERRED MEMBERS ONLY

March 21, 2005: ATTENDEES & PREFERRED MEMBERS ONLY - Newport, TN Slide Show Posted

March 21, 2005: Bolen Group Responds to DEA

March 18, 2005: New Form for Preferred Members and Workshop Attendees - Patient Report on Medication Issues

March 17, 2005: Attendees Only - SLIDE SHOW POSTED for Oak Ridge, TN meeting

March 17, 2005: ATTENDEES ONLY - Slide Show Posted for McLean, VA lecture

March 17, 2005: ATTENDEES ONLY - Slide Show posted for Baltimore, MD lectures

March 15, 2005: REMEMBER - Deadline for Comments to DEA is March 21, 2005

March 13, 2005: Pain & Policy Studies Group Responds to DEA

March 09, 2005: Discussion Forum Available - Use it to communicate and improve compliance and patient care

March 08, 2005: National Association of Attorneys General - Letter to DEA

March 07, 2005: Phoenix Indian Medical Center Slide Show Posted - Attendees Only

March 05, 2005: Legal Pain Quick Update #6 Added - DEA's position on family members' concerns about patient substance abuse

March 05, 2005: Slide Show Posted from 3/4/05 Lecture at the Virginia Piper Cancer Center, Scottsdale, AZ

March 02, 2005: Department of Veterans Affairs Slide Show Posted - Attendees Only

March 02, 2005: Thornburgh and Giuliani talk about Prescription Drug Abuse

March 01, 2005: AAPM Slide Show Posted - Attendees Only

March 01, 2005: Jefferson County Pharmacists Association Slide Show Posted - Attendees Only

February 28, 2005: LegalPain Quick Update #5 added - KY Benzodiazepine Prescribing Guideline

February 26, 2005: Discussion Forum now available on this website for preferred members. Post ideas will be added next week.

February 24, 2005: Recent Article from Roanoke, Virginia

February 23, 2005: DEA Publishes 2005 Drugs of Abuse Handbook

February 23, 2005: Departments of Health & Human Services and Justice publish Health Care Fraud and Abuse Report for FY 2003

February 21, 2005: Preferred Members Only - New Informed Consent Form Relating to Vioxx, Bextra, Celebrex Issues

February 21, 2005: Preferred Members Only - All Letters Added to Policy Statements Related to Addiction Medicine

February 21, 2005: DEA Issues Proposed Rule to Schedule Zopiclone into SIV

February 21, 2005: Preferred Members Only - A collection of DEA Publications

February 19, 2005: Preferred Members Only - Slide Show on DEA Interim Policy Statement Posted under DEA Focus

February 18, 2005: SAMHSA releases report on substance abuse in American Indians and Alaskan Natives

February 17, 2005: Ohio Governor Taft Signs Prescription Monitoring Bill

February 16, 2005: Iowa Considers Prescription Monitoring Program

February 15, 2005: Indiana Prescription Monitoring Program Updates Described in Handbook

February 15, 2005: Colorado Board of Pharmacy Posts Helpful Information on Internet/Mail Order Pharmacy

February 15, 2005: DEA Responds to Ohio Board of Pharmacy

February 15, 2005: Ohio Board of Pharmacy Posts Rule Changes Effective 2/1/05

February 14, 2005: LegalPain Quick Update #3 - Discharging Patients

February 14, 2005: Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure's Comments on DEA Interim Policy & Schedule II

February 11, 2005: National Association of Attorneys General Issues Letter to DEA

February 09, 2005: North Carolina Board of Pharmacy Issues Letters on DEA Interim Policy

February 09, 2005: Sample New Feature Now Available - LegalPain Quick Update

February 08, 2005: Methadone Deaths on the Rise across US

February 08, 2005: Generic Fentanyl Patch Approved - Read FDA comments

February 08, 2005: Louisiana Doctor's Sentencing Delayed

February 08, 2005: Warning about Potential Organized Provider Identity Theft

February 07, 2005: Rhode Island Board of Medicine REVERSES Decision on Use of Multiple Schedule II Prescriptions with Different Fill Dates

February 07, 2005: Commonly Asked Question about Partial Fills for SII Rxs

February 07, 2005: Sad Story about Coroners

February 07, 2005: Kentucky Bill Proposes Stricter Monitoring of Internet Pharmaceuticals Entering State

February 02, 2005: Article on HIPAA and Law Enforcement (Hospital Context)

February 02, 2005: Updates for Handy Handbook Link Sheets

February 02, 2005: Re-Post: North Carolina Medical Board Revising Website and Certain Guidelines, including Prescribing Guidelines

January 31, 2005: Interesting 10-point plan on reducing drug and alcohol abuse

January 28, 2005: Texas State Board of Medical Examiners Proposing Changes to Authority to Prescribe for Pain - Comments to TXBME Solicited

January 28, 2005: EMAIL ADDRESS NOTICE

January 26, 2005: Your participation is invited in the Maine Benzodiazepine Survey of 2004.

January 25, 2005: DEA Shifting to Digital Orders of Schedule II - PHARMACY

January 25, 2005: Announcing the formation of THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR PAIN AND CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY (IAPCD)

January 24, 2005: New Grand Jury Report (Oak Ridge, Tennessee) added to Physicians/Other Providers Posts

January 21, 2005: Another Virginia MD charged in federal court - Loxley, MD

January 19, 2005: DEA wants your comments and input - Accept the Invitation

January 17, 2005: Iowa Medicaid Preferred Drug List - effective as of 1-15-05

January 17, 2005: Prescription Monitoring Program Grant Applications DUE 1-19-05; Get your state involved!

January 14, 2005: CALIFORNIA - If it's Medically Necessary, HMOs MUST PAY FOR IT. Some exclusions

January 12, 2005: Together RX Access Card

January 12, 2005: Repeat Post of 2004 Methadone Report

January 11, 2005: SAMHSA's OAS releases new report on smoked methamphetamine/amphetamines

January 10, 2005: Tennessee revamps Tenncare program; Thousands lose coverage; Move back to more traditional Medicaid

January 07, 2005: New Information for Preferred Members on DEA Interim Policy

January 04, 2005: American Society of Addiction Medicine Posts Medical Review Officer Educational Offerings

January 04, 2005: U.S. Youth Using Fewer Drugs BUT Rx Painkillers Remain a Concern

January 04, 2005: Handy FAQ Sheet for California Providers

January 03, 2005: Last Year's Testimony on a Current Issue - DEA and the FAQ

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