National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association issues Position Paper Calling for End to Step-Therapy, Fail-First, and Special Tiers

Logan, Utah (PRWEB) October 13, 2011

The National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association today issued a position paper that calls for an end to step-therapy or fail-first as insufficient treatment options which needlessly prolong the suffering of fibromyalgia and chronic pain patients.

The NFMCPA is the first nonprofit organization to issue a paper on this subject specifically addressing and advocating for the needs of the fibromyalgia and chronic pain patients.

Jan Chambers, president and founder of the NFMCPA, will be discussing more about this issue during the NFMCPAs newly launched bi-weekly online radio program on BlogTalkRadio. “Step-Therapy Fails for Fibromyalgia Patients will air live on Friday, Oct. 14, at 9 a.m. MT. For additional details to hear the program, visit http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nfmcpa.

The position paper is detailed below:

National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association

Position Paper on Access to Care for Step-Therapy, Fail-First, and Special Tiers Acute and chronic pain management is unique to each patient. It is not a repetitive process nor a technique applied for relief in the same manner from patient to patient for a similar beneficial outcome. Whereas removing an appendix, treating a strep throat or common medical occurrences can be effectively treated by a standardized process repeated with patients, a standardized process is inappropriate for patients with pain. Pain patients need direct interaction with a treating physician who is aware of patient history and current condition.

Disparities and increased vulnerability to pain are found in:


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