The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Pharmacologists rate CAM for fibromyalgia

    Three physicians and high-ranking officials of Cypress Bioscience, Inc. — a company focused on the pharmacotherapy of fibromyalgia — have written a detailed review of fibromyalgia (FMS).

    Here’s a summary of their view of non-pharmacological therapy and future challenges.

    Cognitive behavioral therapy and exercise.

    • Both are “efficacious in the treatment of FMS.”
    • Both “can lead to sustained (eg, greater than one year) improvements and are very effective in compliant individuals.”

    The bottom line?
    The challenge is to “improve long-term adherence and compliance,” and start to use “the Internet, or telemedicine … [to] allow a larger number of patients access to these therapies.”

    Also, new studies need to address “the optimal manner in which to combine pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies.”


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