Promoting Drug Safety During Breastfeeding
Promoting Drug Safety During BreastfeedingPharmacists can help women who breastfeed by identifying the safest drugs and dosage schedules to minimize exposure.
FDA eyes opioids in kids' medicines
FDA eyes opioids in kids' medicinesAn FDA committee will review prescription opioid products containing hydrocodone or codeine to treat coughs in children.
DEA wants to slash opioid productionThe Drug Enforcement Administration wants to slash the production of opioid painkillers by 20% in 2018.
FDA: Limit codeine and tramadol use in kidsFDA said this week that it is restricting the use of codeine and tramadol medicines in children. The drug’s labels will now include a contraindication that codeine should not be used to treat pain or cough, and that tramadol should not be used to treat pain, in children younger than 12 years.
FDA Issues New Label Change for Codeine and Tramadol
FDA Issues New Label Change for Codeine and TramadolDecades of research has led to a flurry of new warnings.
AAP recommends against codeine useThe American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is no longer recommending codeine use in children because it can be either ineffective or too effective—leading to respiratory depression and even death.
FDA approves cough, cold drugFDA has approved codeine polistirex and chlorpheniramine polistirex (Tuzistra XR, Vernalis plc and Tris Pharma) extended-release oral suspension, CIII (DEA Schedule III).
New HHS plan on opioids ups naloxone useHealth and Human Services (HHS) recently launched a widespread initiative – including increasing the use of naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses – aimed at reducing prescription opioid and heroin related overdose, death and dependence.
How to develop drug formularies for pain treatment in women of reproductive age
How to develop drug formularies for pain treatment in women of reproductive ageMore than one-third of reproductive-aged women enrolled in Medicaid, and more than a quarter of those with private insurance, filled a prescription for an opioid pain medication each year during 2008 to 2012, according to a recent report in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
Ibuprofen safe, effective in children discharged home with bone fracturesIn children discharged home with a fracture, both ibuprofen and oral morphine were effective at relieving pain. However, there were no significant differences in efficacy between the 2 agents and oral morphine was associated with more side effects, according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.