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September 17th, 2010

Podcast 101: Osteoarthritis, chondroitin, and glucosamine — one of these things doesn’t belong.

Answer: Osteoarthritis. Two are nostrums and the other is a disease, but the nostrums have no appreciable effect — on osteoarthritis at least. We discuss a BMJ meta-analysis that uses novel methods to prove the point. The good news is that neither chondroitin nor glucosamine is dangerous, but the bad news is that we spend so […]


July 19th, 2009

Podcast 50: A re-podcast of an interview from February regarding the FDA’s plans for tightening regulations on opioid use.

This week the FDA approved a form of fentanyl that can be administered through the buccal mucosa — but its label carries boxed warnings. And two weeks ago, the opioid propoxyphene got boxed warnings on its Darvon and Darvocet formulations. The FDA is trying to regulate the opioids more closely, reminding prescribers and users of […]


February 16th, 2009

Podcast 30: Dr. Roger Chou of Oregon Health Sciences University talks about recent guidelines for opioid use in non-cancer pain and reflects on the FDA’s recent announcement of tighter regulation on use of the drugs.

The FDA announced an early-March meeting with manufacturers of opioids to discuss how problems with the drugs’ overuse and abuse might be addressed. We talk with an author of guidelines just published (and freely available) in the Journal of Pain that coincidentally address some of these concerns. Then, of course, there’s the usual news roundup, […]


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