Webinar: Responsible Pain Management
During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Wednesday, July 29
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected how Americans receive their medical care. From delays in elective procedures to increased use of telemedicine. These changes to the healthcare system have significantly changed how patients, as well as their providers and caregivers, treat pain both responsibly and consistently.
As public health officials urge individuals across the nation to continue to engage in social distancing measures as part of the COVID-19 response, patients and caregivers must continue to follow their pain management plans, even when unable to see their health care provider in person.
The Protecting Access to Pain Relief (PAPR) Coalition invites you to a webinar that will examine:
- The challenges associated with pain management during the COVID-19 pandemic;
- What practical tools are available for vulnerable populations with chronic illnesses—including those with lower mobility and the elderly—to adequately and safely treat their pain; and
- Additional educational steps to ensure that all populations, including older Americans, are safely utilizing appropriate pain management while taking social distancing precautions.
- Ellen Blackwell, Senior Advisor, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
- Nicole J. Brandt, PharmD, MBA, BCGP, BCPP, FASCP, Executive Director, The Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging
- Patricia D’Antonio, VP, Professional Affairs, The Gerontological Society of America
- Lindsay Clarke, VP, Health Education and Advocacy, Alliance for Aging Research
A short guidance document to help patients treat mild COVID-19 symptoms with over-the-counter (OTC) medications. Read full document here
Common Questions and Answers About COVID-19 for Older Adults and People with Chronic Health Conditions from the Alliance for Aging Research. Read full document here
From the Alliance for Aging Research, on staying safe at home during the COVID outbreak. Read full document here
The Alliance for Aging Research has developed the following information on safe medicine use, storage, and unwanted medications disposal. These videos and other safety information is available on their website at www.agingresearch.org/SafeMeds
OTC Pain Medication: What You Need to Know
Tens of millions of Americans reach for over-the-counter (OTC) medications for relief of minor aches and pains. But just because they’re OTC doesn’t mean they’re harmless. And with more than 1,000 acetaminophen and NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) containing medications, choosing the right medication can seem overwhelming. This short film will guide viewers in choosing the medication that’s right for them or their loved one, and give tips on taking them safely.
Safely Taking and Storing OTC Pain Medication
After choosing an over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication, it’s important to take it and store it safely. This film gives tips on where to store meds, how to keep them Up and Away and Out of Sight of young children, how to prevent misuse, and what to do when they’re no longer needed.
Additional resources on safely choosing, taking, storing, and disposing of medications—including a quiz, useful links and other helpful short videos — are available at www.agingresearch.org/SafeMeds.
NSAID Pain Medication and Acute Kidney Injury
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly taken OTC to treat pain. However, these drugs can damage the kidneys, leading to acute kidney injury and compromising kidney transplants. Please watch this video developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) explaining how NSAIDs can harm patients’ kidneys