Obama Administration Takes Action against Prescription Drug Abuse

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  April 20, 2011 at 8:02 PM General Health News
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As part of the Obama administration's Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan to tackle the issue of prescription drug abuse, makers of painkillers have been asked to provide educational materials to help train physicians about the correct use of these drugs.
 Obama Administration Takes Action against Prescription Drug Abuse
Obama Administration Takes Action against Prescription Drug Abuse

The US FDA has sent letters to manufacturers of opioid drugs asking them to prepare materials which can be useful for the physicians or prescribers while counseling patients about the risks and benefits of opioid use. These documents will contain information regarding proper pain management, patient selection and ensure that their patients understand how to use these drugs safely. These documents will be approved by the FDA. New educational guidelines will be required for manufacturers of hydromorphone, oxycodone, morphine, oxymorphine, morphone, methadone and transdermal fentanyl. These drugs can be highly addictive.

Prescription drug abuse is an alarming public health crisis and its overuse can be as dangerous as street drug abuse. Therefore immediate action is needed on these lines.


Source: Medindia

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This is a load of rubbish. I have an RX for one of these supposed evil drugs. If it were not for the drug I am taking [for over 2 years now, I would be confined to a bed and living off welfare. Instead, I am a pre-law student who will fight to end this non-sense discrimination against pain patients. Perhaps the government and society would just prefer it if I died.

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