Today, the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force released its much-anticipated draft report with recommendations for improving the lives of millions of individuals with acute and chronic pain. The task force, which was was convened last year, is overseen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and comprised of 29 members, including Cindy Steinberg, National Director of Policy and Advocacy for U.S. Pain Foundation.

“The report stresses that the successful management of pain requires individualization of care in the selection of therapies tried, in the consideration of risks and benefits of therapies, in the duration of treatment and in the optimal dosing of medication,” says Steinberg. “Further, pain is best managed through an integrated, multimodal approach to treatment requiring access to a full range of treatment options.”

Members of the public will have 90 days to provide comments on the draft report, and the final report will be published in May 2019. This report will guide pain management policies and regulations at all other federal agencies, such as the FDA and CDC.

Please keep an eye out for additional communications from U.S. Pain Foundation with further details about the report’s recommendations, talking points, and more. To read a press release about the draft report from the Department of Health and Human Services, click here.