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FDA Tightens Indications for Using Long-Acting and Extended-Release Opioids to Treat Chronic Pain

Bridget M. Kuehn, MSJ
JAMA. 2013;310(15):1547-1548. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.280076.
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In an effort to help curb the ongoing epidemic of prescription opioid abuse and overdoses, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is tightening the indications for long-acting and extended-release versions of these drugs and is requiring the drugs’ manufacturers to conduct long-term postmarketing studies.

“The FDA is concerned about inappropriate use of [opioid pain medications], which has reached epidemic proportions in the United States,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, MD, during a press briefing in September.

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The US Food and Drug Administration is requiring changes to the labels of long-acting and extended-release opioid pain medications to curb unnecessary use and reduce abuse or overdose.

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