NATICK, Mass., March 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation today welcomed passage of the National Pain Care Policy Act of 2009 by the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation, which was introduced by Rep. Lois Capps (D-California) and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Michigan), will help evaluate the current state of chronic pain care in the United States.
A companion to the House bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Chris Dodd (D-Connecticut) on March 19.
Both bills expand research by the Pain Consortium at the National Institutes of Health on the causes and potential treatments for pain, provide greater education and training for health care professionals, create a national pain management public awareness campaign, and call on the Institute of Medicine to convene a conference on pain care.
"These bills are important to pain patients and the health care professionals who serve them," said Ramsin Benyamin, MD, DABIPP, Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Illinois. "As a pain physician, I applaud Congress for advancing the understanding of chronic pain and its debilitating effect on millions of patients."
"We are very pleased that the House of Representatives passed the National Pain Care Policy Act, acknowledging the importance of proper pain care," said Michael Onuscheck, President of Boston Scientific's Neuromodulation business. "As a leader in this industry, Boston Scientific believes it is critical to improve care for pain patients. We hope that the swift passage by the House will send a strong message to the Senate of the importance of passing this legislation, and we will continue to work to achieve that goal for the millions suffering from chronic pain."
Chronic pain affects an estimated 75 million Americans and presents a major challenge for the U.S. health care system.
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