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Osteoarthritis ( OA ) pain is an extremely prevalent type of chronic pain, affecting more than 30 million individuals in the United States, and is the second-largest segment of the overall chronic pain market. Treatment of OA pain is dominated by cost-effective generic treatments, in addition to costly abuse-deterrent reformulations of opioid analgesics and new combinations of existing analgesics that attempt to mitigate side effects; no truly novel or mechanism-based therapies are currently available. The key drug classes prescribed to treat OA pain, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs ( NSAID s) and opioid analgesics, are associated with a host of side effects including gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and/or abuse risks. As such, treatment of this indication can be challenging for physicians because existing therapies are frequently inadequate in achieving long-term analgesia in many patients.
How is OA pain being treated in the United States today, and what are the drivers and constraints influencing physicians’ treatment decisions?
What impact have the recent launches of new analgesics such as Iroko’s Vivlodex and Purdue’s Hysingla ER had on physician prescribing behavior for OA pain?
What factors drive switching between or discontinuation of select analgesics (, Depomed’s Nucynta ER , Horizon’s Vimovo, Pfizer’s Embeda)?
How does patient risk for abuse/history of abuse influence physicians’ prescribing of opioid analgesics for OA pain?
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