Tell HHS to Report Medical Foods as an alternative to Opioids

Health & Human Services issued a report about the need for pain management alternatives to opioids.

They forgot to include medical foods.

Health & Human Services (HHS), the federal agency responsible for the health and well-being of all Americans has issued a draft report, “Pain Management Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations.”

It highlights “the progress made toward identifying, reviewing, and determining whether there are gaps in or inconsistencies between best practices for pain management (including chronic and acute pain) developed or adopted by Federal agencies.” The report mentions alternative therapies like dietary supplements and yoga, but doesn’t include medical foods.


HHS has issued a request for comments to hear what the public thinks about the draft report. It’s important that the federal government understands the important role medical foods can play in the safe and effective management of chronic inflammatory pain.

Tell HHS to Include Medical Foods as an alternative to Opioids

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“Let @HHSGov know what options and alternative therapies you need to manage chronic pain. Yoga & supplements are a start. Now add safe/effective prescription medical foods! Comment here: https://bit.ly/2CJsxo2 #medicalfoods #opioidcrisis”


“Let Health & Human Services (HHS), the federal agency that provides Medicare and Medicaid, know that there are more options to opioids in addition to other therapies including non-opioid drugs, yoga and dietary supplements. HHS wants to hear your opinion on its draft report, “Pain Management Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations.” The report mentions many alternatives…except safe and effective medical foods!


Many patients who cannot tolerate traditional therapies rely on medical foods. HHS must recognize them as a tool for managing chronic inflammatory pain, mention them in its final report, and ensure they are covered by all health plans. Leave your comment here by April 1, 2019: https://bit.ly/2CJsxo2″


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