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Faced with an outcry over limits on opioids, authors of CDC guidelines acknowledge they’ve been misapplied

Published April 28, 2019
Category: Medication
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The authors of influential federal guidelines for opioid prescriptions for chronic pain said that doctors and others in the health care system had wrongly implemented their recommendations and cut off patients who should have received pain medication.

“Unfortunately, some policies and practices purportedly derived from the guideline have in fact been inconsistent with, and often go beyond, its recommendations,” the researchers wrote in a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Last change: April 29, 2019

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