The treatment of chronic pain continues to provide unique challenges to physicians owing to the heterogeneity of pain pathophysiology within and across different chronic pain subtypes and the absence of targeted mechanism-based therapies. As a result, it is difficult to achieve adequate analgesia in all patients despite the extensive armamentarium of chronic pain therapies, including the increasing availability of cost-effective generic treatments. The high cost of chronic pain management stemming from a long duration of treatment and the many lines of therapy often required to maintain analgesic effects are exacerbated by the growth of the market due in part to the increasing prevalence of key population segments, including osteoarthritis pain and chronic back pain. Unfortunately, no truly novel analgesic solutions for chronic pain have launched in recent years. Fixed-dose combinations of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and abuse-deterrent formulations of opioid analgesics offer incremental advantages in safety and tolerability but struggle to compete against long-generic and firmly entrenched standards of care.
Geography: United States
Primary research: Survey of 51 U.S. primary care physicians and 51 U.S. pain specialists
Key drugs covered: Hysingla ER, OxyContin, Nucynta ER, Belbuca, Xtampza ER, Consensi, pregabalin, celecoxib, diclofenac topical gel
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