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FDA Requires Tougher Labels on Prescription Opioids

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

green pill bottleIn response to the ongoing prescription drug overdose crisis, the Food and Drug Administration is requiring tougher warning labels for extended-release and long-acting prescription painkillers. The goal is “better prescribing [and] safer use of opioids,” according to the FDA.

The new labels will remind doctors about the risks of abusing and misusing the drugs. The previous labels said that the opioids are for the “relief of moderate to severe pain in patients requiring continuous, around-the-clock opioid treatment for an extended period of time.” The new labels specify that the drugs are “for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment options.” It also specifies that the drugs are to be prescribed only if other alternatives are inadequate.

Associated Press notes that the FDA’s previous warnings about the dangers of prescription pain relievers have had “little effect.” Opioids caused 16,650 overdose deaths in 2010, up 12 percent from 2008.

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Source: The Associated Press Prescription painkillers to get tougher warning labels

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1 Comment

  • jack

    This label is not going to change a damn thing. FDA is either oblivious or does not care or enough about this abuse situation. Doctors will continue to write an obscene amount of prescriptions for painkillers with little or no regard to the consumer. I’ve seen it first-hand time and time again.