Month: April 2013

Opioid-Induced Constipation

Globally, it was estimated that a total of 365 million prescriptions were written for opioids in 2005, with 235 million of those written in the United States. A significant proportion of them were for the treatment of chronic pain. In the USA, 20% of prescriptions for opioid therapy were for over 30 days’ duration1. Today,… Read more »

Osteoarthritis Overview

Data from 2003-2005 from the National Health Interview Survey showed some impressive information about the prevalence or arthritis in the United States. Forty-six million American adults reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis, making arthritis one of the nation’s most common health problems. Not only is arthritis highly prevalent among U.S. adults, it is the leading cause of disability… Read more »