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Re-scheduling prescription hydrocodone combination drug products: An important step toward controlling misuse and abuse

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

October 6, 2014 – Hydrocodone is the most prescribed opioid in the United States, including 137 million prescriptions in 2013. While it is useful in the treatment of pain, it has also contributed significantly to the very serious problem of opioid misuse and abuse in the United States. With the aim of curbing this misuse and abuse, new prescribing requirements go into effect today for hydrocodone combination products, which include products such as Anexsia, Lorcet, Vicodin, and some cough suppressants that contain both hydrocodone and another active ingredient, such as acetaminophen. Under a final rule issued by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), hydrocodone combination products are now in a more restrictive category of controlled substances, along with other opioid drugs for pain like morphine and oxycodone. After a scientific review, FDA made the recommendation that ... Read more

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Rescheduling of Hydrocodone Combo Prescriptions: As of Today, Refills Become More Difficult

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

October 6, 2014 – Today the final DEA rule on switching hydrocodone combination products like Lortab and Vicodin from schedule III to schedule II comes into effect. This rule has been put into place to help curb abuse and encourage patients and prescribers to consider alternative ways to deal with pain. What does this mean? Until now, hydrocodone combination products were regulated as schedule III drugs. These drugs, used as pain relievers or cough suppressants, contain both hydrocodone and some other substance, like acetaminophen or a cough/cold product. Well-known brand names include Vicodin, Lortab or Tussionex. As schedule III drugs, a prescriber could write up to 5 refills in a period of 6 months, and refills can be called in or faxed to the pharmacist. Now, the more stringent prescription limits on schedule II hydrocodone combinations are as follows: A written prescription for a ... Read more

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Most Who Abuse Painkillers Are Unprepared If Overdose Strikes: Study

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 – Although teens and young adults who abuse prescription painkillers face a high risk of overdose, most don't know how to respond when one occurs, new research shows. At issue is the increasingly popular, non-medicinal use of legal prescription narcotic pain medications, including so-called "opioids" such as Oxycontin and Vicodin. Such drugs can substantially slow or even halt the ability to breath, sometimes leading to death. And while safe and effective interventions are available (including the prescription medication naloxone), the new study found that most narcotic abusers are unaware of their options. "What we found is that when it comes to how to handle an overdose, prescription opioid users who weren't using drugs for official medical reasons were less savvy than, say, more traditional heroin-using populations," said study author David Frank, a doctoral ... Read more

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Doctors' Group Issues Painkiller Guidelines

Posted 29 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 – The risks of powerful narcotic painkillers outweigh their benefits for treating chronic headaches, low back pain and fibromyalgia, a new statement from the American Academy of Neurology says. Narcotic, or opioid, painkillers include medications such as morphine, codeine, oxycodone (Oxycontin), methadone, fentanyl, hydrocodone or a combination of the drugs with acetaminophen. The drugs can cause serious side effects, overdose, addiction and death. Research shows that 50 percent of patients who took opioids for at least three months are still on them five years later, according to the academy. Studies find that while opioids may provide short-term pain relief, there is no proof that they maintain pain relief or improve patients' ability to function over long periods of time without a serious risk of overdose, dependence or addiction, the statement says. "More ... Read more

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Deaths From Narcotic Painkillers Quadrupled in Past Decade: CDC

Posted 16 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 – The number of Americans dying from accidental overdoses of narcotic painkillers jumped significantly from 1999 to 2011, federal health officials reported Tuesday. Deaths from overdoses of drugs such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), morphine and oxycodone (Oxycontin) climbed from 1.4 per 100,000 people to 5.4 per 100,000, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That means about 3,000 people died in 1999 from unintentional overdoses. By 2011, that number was up to nearly 12,000 deaths, the report said. Despite the rising number of deaths, the rate of the increase has actually slowed since 2006, according to report co-author Dr. Holly Hedegaard. She's an epidemiologist at CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). "Although the rate is still increasing, it is not increasing quite as fast as it did between 2000 and 2006," Hedegaard ... Read more

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Movantik Approved for Constipation From Opioids

Posted 16 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 – Movantik (naloxegol) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat opioid-induced constipation, the agency said Tuesday. Opioids are powerful painkillers that commonly cause constipation. Movantik's safety and effectiveness to treat the problem were evaluated in two clinical studies involving 1,352 people who had taken opioids for at least four weeks for non-cancer related pain. The most common side effects of Movantik were abdominal pain, diarrhea, headache and excessive gas, the FDA said in a news release. Manufacturer AstraZeneca will be required to do an additional study to further evaluate the drug's cardiovascular safety, the agency added. AstraZeneca is based in Wilmington, Del. More information Visit the FDA to learn more. Read more

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Small Number of Drugs Behind Kids' Accidental Poisonings: CDC

Posted 15 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 – A relatively small number of medications are responsible for sending thousands of young children to the hospital for accidental ingestion, a U.S. government study finds. Each year between 2007 and 2011, about 9,500 U.S. children younger than 6 years were hospitalized after getting a hold of family members' medication, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Three-quarters of those children were just 1 or 2 years old," said Dr. Daniel Budnitz, director of the CDC's medication safety program. That's important information for parents, he said, since it shows which youngsters are most at risk of accidental drug ingestion. The findings, published online Sept. 15 in Pediatrics, also pinpoint the drugs most often behind young children's hospitalizations. Among the top culprits were narcotic (opioid) painkillers – such as Oxycontin, Percocet ... Read more

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'Doctor-Shopping' for Painkillers Common After Broken-Bone Surgery, Study Finds

Posted 29 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 – About one in five patients operated on for broken bones or other orthopedic trauma shops around for additional painkillers after surgery, a new study finds. Less-educated patients and patients who had used narcotic painkillers previously were several times more likely to be "doctor shoppers," said study lead author Dr. Brent Morris, a shoulder and neck surgeon in Lexington, Ky. Overall, he said, the study suggests that doctors aren't talking to one another about the painkiller needs of their patients. "There needs to be coordination if additional pain medications are needed," he said. "Patients should not be receiving multiple narcotic pain medication prescriptions from multiple providers without coordinating with their treating surgeon." Use of narcotic painkillers for nonmedical purposes is a serious concern in the United States. Unintentional overdose deaths ... Read more

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Fewer Painkiller Deaths in States With Medical Marijuana: Study

Posted 25 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 – States that have legalized medical marijuana tend to experience an unexpected benefit – fewer overdose deaths from narcotic painkillers, a new study suggests. Access to medical marijuana is associated with 25 percent fewer prescription drug overdose deaths each year compared to states where medical pot is illegal, according to findings published Aug. 25 in JAMA Internal Medicine. What's more, states that pass medical marijuana laws see their overdose death rates decrease dramatically in the years immediately afterward, researchers reported. The study authors believe that people suffering from chronic pain tend to rely on medical marijuana when they have that option, which reduces the risk of addiction and overdose that accompanies use of narcotic medications. "We think that people with chronic pain may be choosing to treat their pain with marijuana rather than ... Read more

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Many U.S. Workers on Disability Use Narcotic Painkillers, Study Finds

Posted 22 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 – A growing number of Americans on work disability chronically use powerful prescription painkillers, according to a new study. Researchers found that between 2007 and 2011, about 44 percent of people receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits were prescribed narcotic painkillers each year. And the percentage using the drugs long-term rose from 21 percent in 2007 to 23 percent in 2011. Experts said the trend is worrying because narcotic painkillers – which include OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin – can be addictive, or abused by people with existing drug problems. What's more, when it comes to typical workplace injuries, narcotic painkillers are not a good long-term solution, the study authors noted. "The effectiveness is at best uncertain, and the risks are very real," said researcher Ellen Meara, of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and ... Read more

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DEA to Publish Final Rule Rescheduling Hydrocodone Combination Products

Posted 22 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

August 21, 2014 – On Friday the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will publish in the Federal Register the Final Rule moving hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) from Schedule III to the more-restrictive Schedule II, as recommended by the Assistant Secretary for Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and as supported by the DEA’s own evaluation of relevant data. The Federal Register has made the Final Rule available for preview on its website today at http://go.usa.gov/mc8d. This Final Rule imposes the regulatory controls and sanctions applicable to Schedule II substances on those who handle or propose to handle HCPs. It goes into effect in 45 days. The Controlled Substances Act (CSA) places substances with accepted medical uses into one of four schedules, with the substances with the highest potential for harm and abuse being placed in S ... Read more

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U.S. to Tighten Access to Certain Narcotic Painkillers

Posted 21 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is going ahead with tough new controls on painkillers containing hydrocodone, which has been tied to a surge in dangerous addictions across the United States. The new restrictions would cover prescription narcotic drugs such as Vicodin, Lortab and their generic equivalents, putting them in the same regulatory class as painkillers such as Oxycontin, Percocet and codeine. Patients will now only have access to a three-month supply of the drug and will have to see a doctor to get any refills. The new rules, posted online by the DEA on Thursday, come more than 18 months after a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel met to discuss the fate of painkillers containing hydrocodone. That 2013 meeting followed the DEA's request for an FDA panel review on the issue. The painkillers were previously classified as ... Read more

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Abuse of Prescription Painkillers on the Rise Among High School Athletes: Survey

Posted 4 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 – Abuse of prescription painkillers is on the rise among high school athletes, and football players are among the worst offenders, a new study shows. The finding was published online recently in the Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse. "I've studied the use of performance-enhancing substances in sports for about 15 years, and this study extended that line of research to mind-altering substances," study author Bryan Denham, of Clemson University in South Carolina, said in a journal news release. "Alcohol has always been available, as has marijuana, but young people also may look to stronger drugs for euphoric effects," Denham said. "If prescription pain relievers are overprescribed in certain regions, their use may trickle down to adolescents. Use of narcotic pain relievers may become a habit with some adolescent athletes." The researchers analyzed the ... Read more

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Popping Pills in America: Can the DEA Fix This?

Posted 14 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

There's no doubt about it - the U.S. is a big consumer of prescription painkillers. In fact, in 2010 enough prescription painkillers were prescribed to medicate each American adult every four hours for an entire month. A report released in March 2014 from the U.S. National Safety Council shows that prescription drug overdoses – more than car accidents – are the leading cause of accidental death among U.S. working-age adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one person dies every 19 minutes from a prescription drug overdose, fueled mainly by opioids. The narcotic abuse epidemic has gotten out of control. But what is being done to stop it? The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is taking action. The medical community awaits a final DEA decision on switching hydrocodone combination products like Lortab and Vicodin from schedule III to schedule II to help curb ab ... Read more

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Prescriptions for Powerful Painkillers Vary Widely Among States: CDC

Posted 1 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 1, 2014 – Doctors in some states seem to wield a freer hand issuing prescriptions for powerful narcotic medications, leading to wide variations in narcotic drug use among states, U.S. health officials reported Tuesday. Physicians in Alabama – the state with the highest number of narcotic painkiller prescriptions – issued nearly three times as many of those prescriptions as doctors in Hawaii – the lowest prescribing state, according to researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "The bottom line is we're not seeing consistent, effective, appropriate prescribing of painkillers across the nation, and this is a problem because of the deaths that result," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, said at a news conference. Frieden added that every day 46 people die from an overdose of prescription painkillers. Overall, health-care providers wrote 259 ... Read more

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