9/28/2014, Portenoy Opioid Talk Sparks Controversy

http://www.medpagetoday.com/PainManagement/PainManagement/47855

Sources within NIH have acknowledged that Portenoy’s presence at the workshop (titled “The Role of Opioids in Treating Chronic Pain”) may be seen as controversial — not least because of a 2012 Wall Street Journal article in which he admitted that he erred in overstating the benefits and diminishing the risks of opioid analgesics…

Andrew Kolodny, MD, a critic of opioids and president of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, who will attend the meeting, noted that it was not the decision of the entire work group to invite Portenoy. “It is unfortunate that NIDA and the FDA invited someone with serious conflicts of interest,” Kolodny said…

Mr. Kolodny pointing out conflicts of interest for other people, with no mention of his own… that’s hilarious.

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