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Formed in 2013, the Pain Therapy Access Physicians Working Group brings together health care providers with an interest in public policy enabling access to appropriate pain management for patients. The working group develops educational resources, such as white papers, policy briefs and videos, which encourage informed policymaking.

Pain stems from a variety of sources and exacts a devastating cost from both individual patients and society at large. Chronic pain, for example, costs the nation an estimated $635 billion each year and affects 100 million Americans. Another debilitating source of pain, headache disorders and migraine, cost the United States roughly $31 billion annually. Migraine headaches are the 12th most disabling disorder in the nation.

Patients with pain suffer from lost productivity and lost opportunity as they struggle to live their daily lives and perform their jobs. Some also develop related conditions such as sleep disorders and depression.

Because of pain’s diverse symptoms and debilitating effects, patients need access to the full range of therapies that their physician prescribes. Yet public policy and insurance coverage policies may impede patients’ ability to access those therapies and to receive the care they need. Therefore, members of the Pain Therapy Access Physicians Working Group actively communicate the physician’s perspective, urging policymakers to protect the physician-patient relationship and to ensure access for patients with legitimate medical need.

The Pain Therapy Access Physicians Working Group is a project of the Alliance for Patient Access, a national network of physicians with the shared mission of ensuring and protecting patient access to approved therapies and appropriate clinical care. AfPA accomplishes this mission through educating members on policy priorities and training them to be effective patient advocates.

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