National Pain Strategy
In an effort to stop the chronic pain epidemic in the United States, which has affected over 100 million Americans, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been tasked with creating a plan of action to advance pain research, care and education. On behalf of HHS, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) created the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC) to oversee pain research within HHS and across other Federal Agencies.
The IPRCC drafted the National Pain Strategy (NPS) and it was open for public comment through May 20, 2015. Now the NPS is being finalized by the IPRCC, which is made up of representatives from the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), NIH, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and medical experts and patient advocates from the general public.