Anesthesia & Pain Management
FDA awards $1.5M grant to ADA Science & Research Institute
August 28, 2020 -- The ADA announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has awarded a three-year, $1.5 million grant to the ADA Science & Research Institute in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh to develop a clinical practice guideline for the management of acute pain in dentistry, with a focus on the role of opioids.
DEA to raise prescriber fee on October 1
August 3, 2020 -- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will raise its prescriber registration fee from $731 to $888 on October 1, according to the California Dental Association.
What every dentist and team member should know about these 2 drugs
July 1, 2020 -- A new U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning regarding gabapentin and pregabalin recently caught the eye of Tom Viola, RPh. Now, he has some advice to share with DrBicuspid.com readers on why the warning is something they should understand and heed.  Discuss
UTHSC secures $1.7M for opioid addiction studies
June 8, 2020 -- Researchers from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) have been awarded $1.7 million from the U.S. National Institutes of Health to study the genetic factors of opioid addiction.
Podcast: Thoughts on pain control and prescriptions after COVID-19's rise
June 5, 2020 -- Tom Viola, RPh, has some advice to share with DrBicuspid.com readers on opioid usage and pain control as dental practices continue to move forward after the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent disruption.  Discuss
Antipain center discovered in mice may lead to new painkillers
May 21, 2020 -- Scientists have discovered a small area in the brains of mice that dampens their sense of pain, which could eventually lead to new pain management treatments for humans, according to a study published on May 18 in Nature Neuroscience.  Discuss
Antibiotics alter how brains of rats react to opioids
May 8, 2020 -- New research shows that antibiotics may change how the gut-brain connection works in rats dependent on opioids. The use of antibiotics altered the way the rats' brains responded to opioid use and withdrawal, according to the findings of a study published on April 27 in ENeuro.  Discuss
Podcast: Busting one of the biggest myths about pain control and COVID-19
April 1, 2020 -- Tom Viola, RPh, has some advice to share with DrBicuspid.com readers on managing pain in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as some thoughts on smoking and marijuana usage in these historic days.  Discuss
Study finds opioids less effective after tooth extraction
March 24, 2020 -- Patients who took opioids for pain relief after tooth extraction reported higher levels of pain than patients who took other analgesics in a new study, published in JAMA Network Open. The findings suggest nonopioid analgesics should be the first-line pain relief for extractions.  Discuss
Dentist pleads guilty to diverting oxycodone for own use
March 18, 2020 -- A dentist in Wisconsin has admitted to writing a prescription for oxycodone to his dental hygienist and then having her divert the painkillers to him for his personal use, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Wisconsin.  Discuss
Hot Topic
Second Opinion: Outpatient detoxification for opioid-addicted patients

While steps are needed to reduce the number of prescribed opioids in the U.S., what about those patients who may already be addicted and at risk? In this Second Opinion, Vikram Tarugu, MD, details a detoxification program that may be appropriate for your patients and your community. Read more.

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September 11-27
Houston, Texas United States
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September 19
Houston, Texas United States
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Denver, Colorado United States
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October 16
Denver, Colorado United States
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October 17
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