Dr. Rafael Miguel to Discuss Responsible Prescribing in a Prescription Drug Epidemic and the Need for an Interdisciplinary Management of Chronic Pain

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Dr. Rafael Miguel will discuss the FDA’s Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) and Responsible Prescribing in a Prescription Drug Epidemic at the annual meeting of the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists.

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In order to best serve the needs of patients, all treating physicians should participate in complementary management of the complex chronic pain patients and only one physician should prescribe controlled substances for pain relief.

For the first time in nearly a decade, the number of deaths due to prescription drug overdose dropped in Florida. Still, the state continues to have one of the highest rates of prescription drug mortality and abuse in the United States. At the annual meeting of the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists (FSA), Dr. Rafael Miguel will discuss the FDA’s Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) and Responsible Prescribing in a Prescription Drug Epidemic.

“The standard of care in the management of chronic pain requires an interdisciplinary approach and the exclusive use of opioids and other controlled substances for the relief of chronic non-malignant pain is rarely indicated,” said Dr. Miguel. “In order to best serve the needs of patients, all treating physicians should participate in complementary management of the complex chronic pain patients and only one physician should prescribe controlled substances for pain relief,” he said.

A template for responsible controlled substance prescribing including complete history and physical examination with particular attention to its comorbidities, which includes psychiatric disorders, overview of the risk assessment and available ongoing management tools will be discussed. Dr. Miguel will also cover risks associated with chronic opioid use and monitoring and compliance plans for routine and high-risk opioid users. The session will take place on Saturday, June 8th, at 11:00 am in the Gold Room of the Breakers Resort in Palm Beach.

Other conference topics include “Lessons Learned to Improve Patient Safety in the Labor and Delivery Suite,” “The Impact of Pediatric Obesity in the Ambulatory Setting” and “Quality and Safety in the ICU.”

FSA’s annual meeting takes place June 7-9 at the Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida. For more information, visit http://www.fsahq.org.

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About Dr. Rafael Miguel
Dr. Miguel has been a lifelong academic Anesthesiologist and Pain Medicine Physician. He is currently Professor and Medical Director of the Nova Southeastern University Anesthesiologist Assistants Program in Tampa and Medical Director of the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System Pain Medicine Program in Sarasota with four ambulatory Pain Medicine centers. He is a Special Government Employee for the FDA and is pending confirmation to the FDA’s Analgesic and Anesthetic Drugs Advisory Committee.

Dr. Miguel is the 2013 recipient of the FSA’s Distinguished Service Award, the highest tribute the Society can pay to an FSA member for outstanding clinical, educational or scientific achievement, contribution to the specialty and exemplary service to the Society. As an academic physician he attained the rank of tenured Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology of the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, Florida. He was the Program Director of the ACGME–accredited Pain Medicine Fellowship at USF for 10 years and Chief of the Anesthesiology Department at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center for 17 years. Dr. Miguel was appointed by Governor Bush to the Florida Board of Medicine, served a four-year tenure and was elected as its Vice-Chair. He is presently the Chair of the Department of Health’s Board of Medicine Probable Cause Panel for the State of Florida. He is a Past-President of the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists, presently serving on its Board of Directors and is the Chair of the FSA Committee on Pain Medicine. He has been elected by his peers as one of America’s Best Doctors every year since 2004.

About the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists
The Florida Society of Anesthesiologists upholds the highest standards of anesthesia care and patient advocacy by promoting research, education, and innovation. FSA’s principals are rooted in the preservation of patient safety for all Floridians undergoing surgical, obstetric, or invasive procedures. For more information about the society, please visit http://www.fsahq.org.

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