Pain by the Numbers

Worldwide...

  • 120 million adults (20% of the world population) suffer from pain worldwide
  • 60 million—1 in 10 adults—are newly diagnosed with chronic pain each year
  • 1 in 5 adults suffer from moderate to severe chronic pain
  • 1 in 3 adults have trouble living independently due to pain 

In the United States...

  • 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain
  • 25.8 million have pain due to diabetes
  •  23 million have pain due to heart disease and stroke
  • 11.9 million have pain due to cancer
  • 26 million between ages 20 and 64 have frequent back pain
Unmet needs for pain treatment...

Elderly with pain: 25% to 50% living at home; 70% to 80% of those institutionalized

Children with pain: 65% under 2 years old do not receive pain medication vs. 48% ages 3 to 10 years

2012 Research Pipeline: 501 pain management agents in development


References:
Goldberg and McGee BMC Public Health 2011, 11: 770
The American Academy of Pain Medicine, AAPM Facts and Figures on Pain
Research Pipeline: Pharmaprojects 2012

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