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FDA alters stance on opioid addiction drugs
FDA alters stance on opioid addiction drugsFDA is advising that these 2 opioid addiction medications should not be withheld from patients taking benzodiazepines or other drugs that depress the central nervous system.
FDA Okays Benzodiazepines and Medication-Assisted Opioid Addiction Treatment
FDA Okays Benzodiazepines and Medication-Assisted Opioid Addiction TreatmentA new communication says benzodiazepines can be used with buprenorphine or methadone, if carefully managed.
Fourteen things Trump needs to know about opioidsAs President Trump promises fight the opioid epidemic, here are 14 things experts want him to know.
Prescribing practices that increase risk of opioid overdoseTwo studies, one from Prime Therapeutics and Stanford, reveal an alarming increase in overdose with concurrent use of opioids and benzodiazepines. Here’s how managed care can help.
Midazolam warning for preemiesA recent study in preterm infants found that exposure to midazolam, a commonly used sedative in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), was associated with macro- and microstructural alterations in hippocampal development and poorer outcomes consistent with hippocampal dysmaturation.
Impact of Medicare's expanded benzodiazepine coverageLike any medication, benzodiazepines should be used with caution. However, the tremendous expenditure for these medications—just a year after Medicare Part D extended its coverage to include them in 2012—has some wondering why so many of these drugs are being prescribed.
Benzos linked to adverse health eventsThe death rate from overdoses involving benzodiazepines, a class of sedatives that includes Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin, has increased more than four-fold since 1996, according to a study appearing online in the American Journal of Public Health.
Benzodiazepine use in older COPD patients may not be idealBenzodiazepine use in COPD patients linked to increased exacerbation, according to study out of Canada.
Major safety concerns with top-selling prescription drugsMajor safety concerns exist for many top-selling prescription drugs including benzodiazepines/prescription sleep aids, anticoagulants, cholesterol-lowering statins, oxycodone and hydrocodone, and stimulants. The following provides an overview of these classes and issues.
Anticholinergic drugs linked to higher risk for pneumonia in elderlyTaking commonly used medications with anticholinergic effects is associated with a significantly higher risk for developing pneumonia, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.