Tampa Bay doctor tests new type of pain medication - WFLA News Channel 8

Tampa Bay doctor tests new type of pain medication

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WESLEY CHAPEL, FL (WFLA) -

There is a new weapon to fight what's become an epidemic this country - the addiction to pain killers.

More than 800 doctors nationwide, with nearly a hundred in the Bay area are participating in a drug study that's looking at the efficacy of a compounded pain cream. It can give patient relief and get them off dangerous opioids.

"It's wonderful not having to take anything oral - because you don't want to get addicted to the pain medicine," said Cindy Mehlrose, a participant in the ongoing study.

Dr. Jose De La Torre, of Gulf-to-Bay Medicine in Wesley Chapel prescribes the pain cream to his patients.

Dr. De La Torre believe the compounded medicine could be a critical tool for doctors in Florida where opioids like Oxycodone cause more deaths than any other drug.

"It helps a lot to decrease the amount of oral medications we have to prescribe to the patients," said De La Torre.

The Pain Research Institute, an independent group, is monitoring the numbers.

The Pain Analysis Information Network, and independent data registry, is tracking the efficacy of the compound cream. If you would like to research drug, here is a link to the P.A.I.N. research site.

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