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September 3, 2013

THE MAYDAY FUND ANNOUNCES 2013-14 WINNERS OF THE MAYDAY PAIN & SOCIETY FELLOWSHIP


March 15, 2013

MAYDAY PAIN & SOCIETY FELLOWSHIP: CALL FOR 2013 APPLICATIONS


September 21, 2012

THE MAYDAY FUND ANNOUNCES 2012-13 WINNERS OF THE MAYDAY PAIN & SOCIETY FELLOWSHIP


March 1, 2012

MAYDAY PAIN & SOCIETY FELLOWSHIP: CALL FOR 2012 APPLICATIONS

UPDATE:The application deadline has been extended to Monday, July 2, 2012. Read more here.


2011 Mayday Fellow Places Op-ed in Tampa Bay Times

The Tampa Bay Times published an op-ed by Mayday Fellow David Craig that looked at the impact of pharmacies denying patients pain medications in response to the issue of "pill mills." Highlighting the case of CVS pharmacies in Florida refusing to fill prescriptions for pain medications from some doctors, Dave told the story of Jane, a cancer patient who struggled to find her medications.

"I don't want to take oxycodone anymore because every time I go to the pharmacy they don't have it, and they treat me like a drug addict," she told me from her hospital bed while holding the youngest of her two children in her arms.

Jane is a 40-year-old married woman, a veteran of the Marine Corps and a mother of two small children. She suffers severe abdominal pain from a large tumor in her liver. After several cycles of chemotherapy and surgery to remove the tumor, her cancer is still there. Looking forward to being discharged the next day, she was focused on finding a local pharmacy that would fill her oxycodone prescription after going home.

Unfortunately, her story is one that I hear from my cancer patients almost on a weekly basis. "We don't have it" and "We don't carry that" seem to be the new slogans in many Florida pharmacies.

Read the full op-ed at the Tampa Bay Times


2011 Mayday Fellow Places Guest Blog Post on The Hill's Congress Blog

Read 2011 Fellow Bob Twillman's response to the recent release of a CDC report looking at the dramatic increase in the number of deaths connected to prescription pain medication on The Hill's website.

"Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report about 'the epidemic' of overdoses involving prescription opioid pain medicines (strong pain medicines like morphine, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, and others). The report blames rampant overprescribing by doctors and other professionals for the sharp uptick in deaths related to opioid abuse, leading the CDC to propose various solutions aimed primarily at reducing the supply of these medications. In reality, if Americans want to know where these misused medications are coming from, they need to look in the mirror – or more accurately the medicine cabinet behind the mirror.

"In its report, CDC states that that 14,800 people died of overdoses in which prescription opioid pain medicines were present, an increase from about 4000 such cases in 1999. The CDC then argues that because this increase in deaths occurred while sales of these drugs increased, one caused the other. This is an easy conclusion to leap to – and one that the CDC has focused on in the past – but it doesn’t make that conclusion right. And what’s even more dangerous is proposing new policy based on unproven conclusions.

"This is not to say that there is no relationship - the report does not prove or disprove one - but it certainly means we must question their proposed solution. The CDC’s almost exclusive focus on reducing the number of prescriptions for these medicines overlooks the legitimate use of these medications. A recent Institute of Medicine report found that 116 million adults, roughly one in three people, live with chronic pain. This is pain that persists long after an injury that caused it has healed, or that is related to another chronic condition like arthritis. Some people I’ve treated face chronic pain that is so debilitating that they can no longer work. This unrelenting chronic pain robs people of their lives to a point where suicide can sometimes seem like the only way out..."


September 13, 2011

THE MAYDAY FUND ANNOUNCES 2011-12 WINNERS OF THE MAYDAY PAIN & SOCIETY FELLOWSHIP


June 13, 2011

MAYDAY PAIN & SOCIETY FELLOWSHIP: 2011 APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 1, 2011


March 1, 2011

MAYDAY PAIN & SOCIETY FELLOWSHIP: CALL FOR 2011 APPLICATIONS


2010 Mayday Fellow Speaks at Prestigious Ted Conference

Watch Dr. Elliot Krane's ('10-'11 Fellow) Ted Talk in which he explains how pain can become a disease, and not just a symptom.

You can read more about Elliot's Ted Talk in our newest success story.

 


December 13, 2010

During the 2010 Mayday Fellowship Workshop, New York Times personal health columnist Jane Brody joined the 2010-2011 Fellows to discuss her job as a journalist and how pain experts can effectively engage her in their work. With a track record of excellent coverage of pain mangement issues, Ms. Brody was able to offer both insight into the day-to-day of a journalist and explain the role an expert should play in journalism.

You can read a Q&A based on her presentation here.


2010 Mayday Fellow Published in The Boston Herald

Dr. Patricia Tabloski ('10-'11 Fellow), was just published in the Boston Herald.

"Let’s be honest. Discussing death or even thinking about death is difficult for most of us. But the recent death and farewell messages of Elizabeth Edwards remind us all in the middle of this holiday season that we are mortal and living out a limited number of precious days on this Earth.

"According to reports, her death was peaceful and pain-free. Her health care team informed her that further treatment for her cancer was unlikely to be successful.

"If only the circumstances of Elizabeth Edwards’ death could be the norm, but unfortunately this is not the case. While she died at home surrounded by her family and friends and without pain, thousands die alone and in pain. An Institute of Medicine report states that while improvements in the science of cancer care allow many people to live longer, the art of pain and symptom control has not kept pace, unfortunately resulting in a poor quality of life for many dying patients."

You can read her full opinion piece, "Death without distress," here.
 


September 1, 2010

THE MAYDAY FUND ANNOUNCES 2010-11 WINNERS OF THE MAYDAY PAIN & SOCIETY FELLOWSHIP


March 3, 2010

MAYDAY PAIN & SOCIETY FELLOWSHIP: CALL FOR 2010 APPLICATIONS


Listen to Mayday Fellow Dr. Paul Christo ('08-'09 Fellow) discuss chronic pain on Maryland Morning on WYPR, the Maryland NPR affiliate.


 


November 4, 2009



In 2009, the Mayday Fund created the Mayday Fund Special Committee on Pain and the Practice of Medicine. This 22-person Committee released A Call to Revolutionize Chronic Pain Care in America: An Opportunity in Health Care Reform, a report with 12 recommendations to improve the treatment of pain in the United States.

 


 

 

 


After several years of tireless advocacy, Georgia Brown (2005-06) was involved in a press conference with State Representative Jennifer Mann (D -132) and State Senator Pat Browne (R-16) to announce the introduction of the Pennsylvania Pain Task Force resolution. The task force will work to develop a statewide plan to promote public awareness and understanding of proper pain management and improve diagnosis and treatment of such pain. The full resolution is available here.

 


News Release - August 1, 2008

THE MAYDAY FUND ANNOUNCES 2008-09 WINNERS OF THE MAYDAY PAIN & SOCIETY FELLOWSHIP


News Release - March 3, 2008

MAYDAY PAIN & SOCIETY FELLOWSHIP:  CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR 2008


News Release - August 2, 2007

THE MAYDAY FUND ANNOUNCES 2007-08 WINNERS OF THE MAYDAY PAIN & SOCIETY FELLOWSHIP


News Release - March 5, 2007


News Release - July 16, 2006


News Release - July 15, 2005


News Release - July 12, 2004

THE MAYDAY FUND ANNOUNCES  2004-05 WINNERS OF THE  MAYDAY PAIN & SOCIETY FELLOWSHIP