A month after FDA announced several measures aimed at curbing opioid abuse, the agency said it would require a new boxed warning addressing the serious risk of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose and death on immediate-release (IR) opioid pain medications.
Pain management is a problem for patients, practitioners, pharmacists, and others. Many patients are not getting the care and relief they deserve, even when they suffer from acute or chronic pain. In this blog post, Srinivas Nalamachu, MD asks if its possible to balance patient access to pain medication with safety and economic value.
Patients who are recovering from surgery in the hospital now have the opportunity to control their analgesic dosing. Ionsys (fentanyl iontophoretic transdermal system) from The Medicines Company has just been approved by FDA for this use.
Most treatments for pain caused by knee osteoarthritis helped alleviate pain better than acetaminophen (Tylenol) – with one exception, according to a study published in the January 6 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine