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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY October 2014 | Archived Issues

FDA Warns About Extended-Release Opioid Products

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The federal Food and Drug Administration has added a boxed warning to long-acting extended-release opioid products, noting an increased risk of opioid addiction, abuse and misuse, potentially leading to overdose and death. Serious, life-threatening or fatal respiratory depression may occur.


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Prominent Orthopedic Groups Officially Join Cedars-Sinai

Cedars-Sinai Health System has finalized an agreement with the Institute for Sports Sciences for two of the nation's most prominent orthopedic and sports medicine physician groups — Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic and Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group — to become formally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

The agreement is the final step in a process that was announced in late 2013 when Cedars-Sinai and the Institute for Sports Sciences entered into a letter of intent to jointly pursue strategies for leadership in orthopedics and sports medicine regionally, nationally and internationally.

The collaboration between the two prominent orthopedic groups, which have an unequaled role in the care of professional sports teams and individual elite athletes, and the nationally renowned orthopedic physicians and staff at Cedars-Sinai, creates the framework for a new model of patient-centered, high-quality care, integrating the latest research and treatment options.

The affiliation also expands the geographic footprint of each of the partners, enhancing the community's access to high-quality orthopedics and sports medicine. Kerlan-Jobe and Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group facilities include medical offices and other clinical services in Santa Monica, Pasadena, Anaheim and West Los Angeles. The affiliation includes the two groups' clinics and imaging centers, as well as their surgery centers, research programs and fellowship training programs.

The Institute for Sports Sciences was formed last year by Kerlan-Jobe and Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group to bring those two entities together for innovative clinical, research and training programs in sports medicine and orthopedics. In late 2013, the Institute for Sports Sciences announced it had selected Cedars-Sinai as a partner in these efforts. Under the agreement with Cedars-Sinai, announced Oct. 8, the Institute for Sports Sciences will continue to manage Kerlan-Jobe and Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group.

The Institute for Sports Sciences also is planning for growth within both orthopedic groups, as well as for other leading orthopedic groups and surgery centers to join the Institute.

The affiliation with Cedars-Sinai will enhance patient care by facilitating a wide variety of collaborations among the three entities, including expanded clinical trials and research, access for patients to Cedars-Sinai when needed, and collaborative consultations on complex cases.

Although now affiliated with Cedars-Sinai under the Institute for Sports Sciences, Kerlan-Jobe and Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group will each continue to see patients under each of their respective brands.

Kerlan-Jobe, Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, and Cedars-Sinai Orthopedic Center also plan to collaborate on a wide variety of research and clinical trials, including the advanced use of orthobiologics (including stem cells and other molecular and cellular-based experimental treatments for sports injuries), and new approaches to orthopedic treatments that minimize surgery whenever possible. Other areas of focus include pediatric sports medicine, sports neurology and concussion, a movement performance center, and a return-to-work program coordinated with employers.

While each of the three groups offers sought-after advanced training programs for physicians, they also will look for opportunities to collaborate and expand their education and training programs.

"Cedars-Sinai's orthopedic program is already ranked as the best in the west and is in the top 10 nationally, so when we partner with such outstanding orthopedic groups as Kerlan-Jobe and Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, the possibilities for taking orthopedics and sports medicine to an unprecedented new level for patients are extraordinary," said Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO of Cedars-Sinai.

"As a pioneer in the field of sports medicine and orthopedics, Kerlan-Jobe is very excited to be part of this unprecedented partnership that brings together three of the world's best orthopedics groups," said Neal ElAttrache, MD, chair of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Foundation and head of its Fellowship Program.

"We now have the unique opportunity to create a global center for all aspects of sports medicine and orthopedics, encompassing clinical care, professional sports team physician activities, translational research and education," said Bert Mandelbaum, MD, chair of the Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group Foundation, and head of its Fellowship Program.

"The Institute for Sports Sciences represents a new model for how physician specialists in different groups can come together and help shape the healthcare landscape in some very impactful ways," said Jeremy Hogue, CEO of the Institute for Sports Sciences.