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21 Apr 2011

FDA Orders Painkiller Firms to Help Combat Abuse

The drugs affected by FDA's move include long-acting and extended-release opioids such as oxycodone, morphine and methadone.

The FDA is recruiting drugmakers to help fight painkiller abuse. The agency will require some manufacturers of high-powered pain drugs to develop new educational materials for doctors and patients, hoping that better-informed prescribers and users will help curtail now-widespread abuse.


Tthe new rules apply to 16 companies that produce 25 pain pills and patches. Under the new requirements, each painkiller manufacturer will have to develop new medication guides and physician training tools, which will be vetted

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