Docket Management
Docket: 01N-0256 - Use of Opiate Analgesics in Various Patient Populations, Including Pediatric Patients
Comment Number: EC -209

Accepted - Volume 4

Comment Record
Commentor Mr. James Signorile Date/Time 2001-12-16 15:07:48
Organization Mr. James Signorile
Category Individual

Comments for FDA General
1. General Comments I am 49 years old and this summer I had a 3-level (L3-S1) 360 lumbar spinal fusion. I am now a chronic pain patient who relies on OxyContin to be able to hold a job and be a productive member of society despite the constant pain I am in. I have tried many different pain medications, but only OxyContin has the prolonged pain control necessary for around the clock functioning. It does not make me high or drowsy and I am using the same dose I started on 6 months ago; there has been no need for an increase in dosage and I have no desire to take any more than I currently do. I firmly believe that when this medication is used correctly, as it is by the overwhelming majority of pain patients using it, it is one of the safest, most effective and least addictive pain medications available. However, it is getting increasingly difficult for doctors to feel comfortable prescribing OxyContin and also more difficult to find pharmacies that are willing to carry it or order it, even though by law they are required to. I, for one, would be unable to continue working without the pain relief afforded by OxyContin, and I really fear for my future and that of others in serious and lasting pain. I wanted to share my story and point of view with you, in case it may be of value to you.

EC -209