Frankly, I am saddened and quite disappointed with the FDA’s proposed plan. While it is certainly a step in the right direction, it still doesn’t make prescription education mandatory at a time when heightened physician awareness is mission critical.
Malibu, CA (PRWEB) July 17, 2012
Dr. Akikur Mohammad, Founder of Malibu Horizon, recognized by many as one of the top addiction treatment centers in California, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California, announced today that he and his team will be adding news of the FDA’s recent painkiller-safety plan to the list of topics being discussed during Malibu Horizon’s upcoming educational summit for addiction experts. Unfortunately, the FDA’s plan to deal with painkiller-safety is not what many experts hoped for. While the plan does involve providing mandatory educational courses for physicians about prescription practices, it does not mandate that physicians take the courses, only that the more than 20 companies that produce extended-release painkillers provide grants to make such courses available free or at a nominal cost.
Dr. Mohammad said, “Frankly, I am saddened and quite disappointed with the FDA’s proposed plan. While it is certainly a step in the right direction, it still doesn’t make prescription education mandatory at a time when heightened physician awareness is mission critical. Instead, the plan simply asks companies that produce certain painkiller manufacturers to underwrite the courses in hopes of attracting more doctors with lower course fees. In my humble opinion, the FDA has failed all of us by taking such a soft approach to solving a problem that has never been this deadly.” Mohammad added, “While the FDA says that the programs can only be optional for now and simply cannot be mandatory until a new law is passed by Congress, I doubt the intensity with which the FDA is working with the powers that be to effectively and rapidly make the necessary congressional changes.”
Dr. Mohammad and the Malibu Horizon’s team are adding news of the FDA’s recent painkiller-safety plan to the list of topics being discussed during the team’s upcoming educational summit for addiction experts, with the intention of creating a more private sector approach to mandatory physician education. Mohammad added, “As responsible physicians, it is painfully clear that the onus is on us to take control of the situation. We have the passion and manpower to implement a series education options for both physicians and civilians that we provide privately and monitor publicly. Patients need to know which doctors are working to be better informed and ultimately committed to solving the problem. Would anyone want to put their lives in the hands of a physician who wasn’t staying as informed as possible? Prescription medication is killing more people than ever before and the addiction community must elevate awareness on all fronts before it is too late. We simply don’t have the time to wait for the FDA and Congress to make a change, it must come from within the team on the frontlines.”