Monday, March 20, 2017

Breakthrough Cancer Pain Menarini held a media event

Mandaluyong, Philippines, 8 March 2017 -- Good news sure hit EDSA Shangri-la last March 8, 2017 as Menarini held a media event to discuss what breakthrough cancer pain is and to introduce a game
changer in its management. Sharing their expertise on the topics were Dr Dolma Santos, member of the Board of Directors of the Pain Society of the Philippines and Professor Michael Uberall, a renowned and widely published physician in the Pain and Pallative Care with over 600 scientific lectures and more than 100 original papers in this field.
“According to the Philippine Cancer Facts & Estimates, there will be 6 million people worldwide and 200,000 Filipinos who will suffer from cancer pain, majority of which are not satisfactorily relieved in spite of availability of well-established, simple and cost-effective methods for cancer pain relief” –Dr Dolma Santos

Prof Uberall is also the Medical Director of the Institute for Neurological Sciences in Nuernberg Germany and the President of the German Pain League.

There are two types of cancer pain – background pain and breakthrough cancer pain. According to Professor Uberall, Breakthrough cancer pain (BTcP) is a transient exacerbation of pain than occurs either spontaneously, or in relation to a specific predictable or unpredictable trigger, despite relatively stable and adequately controlled background pain. BTcP is characterised by a sudden onset of pain that reaches peak intensity within as little as 3 minutes and lasts for an average of 30 minutes. Patients with cancer have around 4 episodes of Breakthrough Cancer Pain in a day.

Breakthrough Cancer Pain is a common problem among cancer patients and is also known to have a severe detrimental impact on quality of life (QoL), including daily functioning, social relationships and enjoyment of life. Furthermore, a number of studies have reported that a large proportion of patients with BTcP feel dissatisfied with their pain control. Thus, there is a need for effective treatments for relief of BTcP as current treatments do not adequately address BTcP.

The good news is that Fentanyl Citrate Quick Dissolving Tablet is now available in the Philippines! It is the 1st and only Rapid Onset Opioid in the Philippine market indicated specifically for Breakthrough Caner Pain.

Fentanyl Citrate Quick Dissolving Tablet is indicated for the management of Breakthrough Cancer Pain in adult patients who are already using opioid therapy for chronic cancer pain. It is a sublingual tablet which dissolves rapidly under the tongue in 88 seconds and provides significant pain relief in as fast as 10 minutes.

Now, cancer patients who suffer from Breakthrough Cancer Pain do not have to miss those special
moments in their lives. Fentanyl Citrate Quick Dissolving Tablet can only be prescribed by a licensed physician. If you or your any of your loved ones are suffering from Breakthrough Cancer Pain, consult your doctor.

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