EUGENE, Ore., Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Jefferson School for Population Health today joined the Alliance for Rational Use of NSAIDs, a growing coalition of patient and provider organizations committed to supporting the safe and appropriate use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The announcement comes at the tail end of Pain Awareness Month, during which the Alliance and the Jefferson School have been very active in outreach and education to consumers, physicians and pharmacists about the proper use of NSAIDs.
"The Jefferson School of Population Health is proud to join the Alliance for Rational Use of NSAIDs," said David B. Nash, MD, MBA, Dean of the School of Population Health. "NSAIDs are a regular part of life for many. It's critical for patients to understand the risks and for healthcare professionals to follow strategies that further appropriate use, such as the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) quality measures required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services."
NSAIDs are one of the most commonly prescribed and frequently used medications in the United States. Approximately 98 million NSAIDs prescriptions were filled in 2012 and nearly 23 million Americans use OTC NSAID medications on a daily basis. NSAIDs include brand name OTC medicines such as Advil®, Motrin® and Aleve®. Generics like ibuprofen and naproxen are also considered widely known. It is generally recognized that NSAIDs, both prescription and OTC, offer effective pain relief. However, like all medications, NSAIDs can cause side effects when they are not used appropriately.
"Health risks associated with improper NSAID use are a growing concern," said Jennifer Wagner, executive director of the Western Pain Society. "We are honored to have the Jefferson School of Population Health join us and look forward to continuing to educate the public about this important and timely issue."
The Alliance serves as a public health coalition to promote proper NSAID usage. To guide appropriate use and lessen the risk of adverse events, the Alliance seeks to promote compliance with the FDA's strong recommendation that all NSAIDs be administered at the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration of time, while taking into account patient-specific risk factors and clinical needs. Members of the Alliance include:
- American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
- American Academy of Physician Assistants
- American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
- American Chronic Pain Association
- Jefferson School of Population Health
- National Council on Patient Information and Education
- National Kidney Foundation
- Western Pain Society
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About the Alliance for Rational Use of NSAIDs
The Alliance for Rational Use of NSAIDs is a public health coalition dedicated to the safe and appropriate use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The Alliance aims to bridge the gap between guidance and clinical practice, educating health care professionals and the public at-large on the appropriate use of NSAID therapy—maximizing benefits while reducing risks, and improving health care delivery. To learn more or to get involved, visit www.NSAIDAlliance.com.
About the Jefferson School of Population Health
Recognizing the need to integrate health promotion and wellness with clinical care, the Jefferson School of Population Health offers graduate programs in public health (MPH), health policy (MS), healthcare quality and safety (MS), applied health economics and outcomes research (MS) along with a PhD in Population Health Sciences. Its mission is to prepare leaders with global vision to develop, implement and evaluate health policies and systems that improve the health of populations and thereby enhance the quality of life.
For more information, call 215-955-6969, or visit www.jefferson.edu/population_health.
SOURCE Alliance for Rational Use of NSAIDs