At Mundipharma, we are committed to those patients who suffer intense pain and to those healthcare.Mundipharma has more than 30 years of experience, in-depth know-how and a high level of expertise in the field of pain medicine. As an organisation that distributes opioids, we believe we have a responsibility to take measures to minimise the risk of misuse and abuse of these medicines while not depriving the patients that need them.
We recognise that misuse and abuse of pain medications can lead to addiction, overdose and death, and we are aware of the public health risk these potent medications can create, especially when they are diverted, misused and/or abused. That is why we are committed to reducing the risk of misuse and abuse through a secure supply chain, appropriate education of healthcare professionals, responsible sales and marketing and close collaboration with government authorities and medical organisations.
We fund educational initiatives in line with industry regulations that clearly communicate the facts about opioid medicines in a balanced and responsible manner, outlining both risks and benefits and helping to ensure that our medicines are prescribed only to the right patient for the right reasons.
We are also committed to finding new approaches to the management of pain, including research into new mechanisms and medicines with the potential to reduce or avoid the need for opioids.
Pain means different things to different people and different things to the same person at different times. 1,2
In 1979, the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) introduced the most widely used definition of pain. The IASP defined pain as an “unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.’’ This definition emphasizes that pain is a complex experience that includes multiple dimensions. It affects your ability to function normally due to its impact on mobility, sleep and mood.1 It can also be hard for doctors, friends and family to understand exactly what you are feeling with your pain.2
It is important to distinguish between acute and chronic pain.
Acute pain is generally sudden in onset and lasts a relatively short time. It can be regarded as an “emergency” pain signal that protects you from further injury to yourself or warning you of damage that has just occurred. Acute pain generally correlates with the level of injury and is accompanied by protective reflexes, e.g. withdrawal of a damaged limb. Acute pain, unlike chronic pain, disappears when the injury heals.1
The following are different types of chronic pain:1,2
- Neuropathic Pain
Other types of pain
- Back Pain
- Cancer pain
- The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations; The National Pharmaceutical Council. Pain: current understanding of assessment, management, and treatments, 2001. [cited 2019 Sept 17]; Available from: https://www.npcnow.org/publication/pain-current-understanding-assessment-management-and-treatments.
- Koch K. Assessing pain in primary care. S Afr Fam Pract 2012;54(1):21-24.