Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), sometimes referred to as RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) is a medical condition involving a malfunction of the peripheral and central nervous systems where long lasting intense pain is experienced, usually in a limb.
A current federal parliamentary inquiry into the management of chronic disease in Australia has provided an opportunity for people living with chronic pain to publicise the lack of availability of effective pain services. The inquiry, being undertaken by the House of Representatives’ Standing Committee on Health, is investigating Chronic Disease Prevention and Management in Primary Health Care in Australia.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration is undertaking public consultation in regard to a proposal that all medicines containing codeine currently available over-the-counter (OTC) be re-scheduled as S4 prescription-only medicines. The reasoning behind the proposal is that potential issues of morbidity, toxicity and dependence require restrictions.
APMA has lodged a comprehensive submission arguing against the change.
The PARC clinical unit associated with the Royal Adelaide Hospital has initiated a clinical study for a new oral medication taken at home to treat sciatica. If you have sciatica, live in the Adelaide area, and are interested in participating in this study or obtaining further information, please call PARC on 08 8222 2712.
You can view a news report about the trial here.