J&J adds pain drug resources to responsible prescribing site

RARITAN, N.J. — Johnson & Johnson has launched several new tools on a website aimed at ensuring patients with pain get the drugs they need while staying safe.

J&J subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals added resources and tools to PrescribeResponsibly.com for physicians and pharmacists to support appropriate and responsible treatment of pain. The site was originally launched early last year.

The new materials include pain and risk assessments to help doctors evaluate pain, manage harmful side effects and identify aberrant drug-related behavior, as well as general educational content written by experts.

"Millions of adult Americans suffer with acute or chronic pain," Vanderbilt University psychiatry and anesthesiology professor Steven Passik said. "Determining how to treat pain poses a challenge to both physicians and patients. It is important to ensure that issues often associated with opioid pain medicines — including abuse, addiction, misuse and diversion — do not prevent patients who need relief from having access to appropriate pain treatment."