Today’s Pharmacy Podcast Show guest is Dr. Jeffrey Fudin. We’re talking about the March 30th 2016 article from Pain News Network:
By Michael Schatman and Jeffrey Fudin, Guest Columnists
Recently, we (along with our colleague, Dr. Jacqueline Pratt Cleary) published an open access article in the Journal of Pain Research, entitled “The MEDD Myth: The Impact of Pseudoscience on Pain Research and Prescribing Guideline Development.”
In this work, we address the issue of how governmental and managed care opioid guideline prescribing committees use the flawed concept of morphine-equivalent daily dose (MEDD or MME) to arbitrarily place limits on the amount of opioids that a clinician “should” prescribe to any patient with chronic pain — as if all patients were identical.
The article cites excellent research that exposes the invalid concept of MEDD – and while guideline authors are fully aware of that lack of evidence, they are hypocritically fine with using MEDD as a device to thwart chronic opioid use. In the case of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain, there is at least some evidence. But for MEDD, there is no evidence.
Dr. Jeffrey Fudin