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Program to Spot Painkiller ODs Saves Lives: Study

Posted 1 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 1 – Teaching people how to recognize and respond to prescription painkiller overdoses could significantly reduce the number of overdose deaths, a new study suggests. Overdoses of these powerful opioid drugs are a major cause of emergency hospital admissions and preventable deaths in many countries. Opioids include hydrocodone (brand name Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine and codeine. Since 2005, Massachusetts has had more opioid-related overdose deaths than motor vehicle deaths, so the state introduced several strategies to tackle the problem, including training drug users, their families and friends, and potential bystanders to prevent, recognize and respond to opioid overdoses. The participants in the overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND) programs received instruction in how to recognize signs of overdose, seek help, stay with victims ... Read more

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Doubling Up on Cold, Flu Remedies May Harm Liver

Posted 30 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 30 – Taking too much acetaminophen, an active ingredient in many commonly used drugs for fever and pain relief, including Tylenol, can cause liver damage, experts at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warn. People suffering from a cold or the flu may be tempted to take a combination of medicines to treat several symptoms. Used correctly, acetaminophen can be safe and effective. More than 600 prescription and over-the-counter medications contain acetaminophen, however, and doubling up on these remedies can be dangerous, the FDA cautioned. Complicating matters, signs of an acetaminophen overdose may not become apparent for days. "If you're taking more than one medicine at a time, you may be putting yourself at risk for liver damage," Dr. Fathia Gibril, a supervisory medical officer at the FDA, said in an agency news release. Over-the-counter medications are used by 70 ... Read more

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Parents Not Too Worried About Kids' Use of Pain Meds: Poll

Posted 28 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Jan. 26 – Many American parents are not very concerned about the misuse of narcotic pain medicines by children and teens, despite the fact that rates of abuse and overdoses involving these drugs are rising in all age groups, a new survey finds. The number of drug overdose deaths attributed to narcotic pain medicines such as Vicodin or Oxycontin is greater than overdose deaths from heroin and cocaine combined, according to national data. The survey, conducted last September, included over 1,300 parents with children aged 5 to 17. Among the participants, the investigators found that only 35 percent of parents were very concerned about the misuse of narcotic pain medicines by children and teens in their communities, and only 19 percent were very concerned about the misuse of these medicines in their own families. Black parents (38 percent) and Hispanic parents (26 percent) were ... Read more

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FDA Panel Weighs Tougher Restrictions on Some Prescription Painkillers

Posted 24 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 24 – A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel will meet Thursday and Friday to discuss the fate of certain painkillers that contain an opioid known as hydrocodone. At issue is whether to reclassify some of these drugs – which include the commonly prescribed Vicodin (hydrocodone plus acetaminophen) – into a higher category of danger for misuse or abuse. Other opioid painkillers, such as Oxycontin and Percocet, are already classified in that higher category. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration requested that an FDA advisory panel undertake the review; currently the drugs are classified as Schedule III drugs but the agency wants them placed within the more tightly controlled Schedule II designation. The FDA is not required to follow the recommendations of its advisory panels, but it typically does. The painkiller issue has become a contentious one. ... Read more

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Blood Disorder Cases Tied to Prescription Painkiller Abuse

Posted 10 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 10 – Tennessee health officials report cases of a rare blood-clotting problem among people who injected the painkiller Opana ER (extended release) after crushing pills meant to be taken by mouth. Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a disorder that causes blood clots to form in small blood vessels around the body and is usually seen in about one in 100,000 people. From August to October, however, there were 15 cases seen in Tennessee. All were associated with intravenous drug abuse, with 14 specifically related to Opana ER. "I don't think anybody has a figure for the percentage of people who are crushing these drugs to inject them; nobody really knows how commonly people do that," said Dr. Leonard Paulozzi, a medical epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are, however, many reports of people crushing these pills to make them ... Read more

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Prescription Painkillers Trail Only Marijuana in Abuse Rates, Report Shows

Posted 10 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 10 – Prescription painkillers are second only to marijuana when it comes to drug abuse, a new government report claims. Some 22 million Americans have misused prescription painkillers since 2002, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). "Any time you have 2 percent of the population using medications like this there is a lot to do, but we are doing a lot with a combination of putting tighter controls on who can get these drugs and public education," said Peter Delany, director of SAMHSA's Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. Also, programs such as the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, which allows doctors to track patients who may be getting painkillers from several sources, has helped get a handle on the problem, he added. And although the misuse of prescription painkillers has remained fairly constant ... Read more

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FDA issues draft guidance on abuse-deterrent opioids

Posted 9 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

January 9, 2013 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a draft guidance document to assist industry in developing new formulations of opioid drugs with abuse-deterrent properties. The document “Guidance for Industry: Abuse-Deterrent Opioids – Evaluation and Labeling,” explains the FDA’s current thinking about the studies that should be conducted to demonstrate that a given formulation has abuse-deterrent properties, how those studies will be evaluated by the agency, and what labeling claims may be approved based on the results of those studies. “The FDA is extremely concerned about the inappropriate use of prescription opioids, which is a major public health challenge for our nation,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. “This draft guidance is an important part of a larger effort by FDA aimed at preventing prescription drug abuse and misuse.” Opioids can ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets 10 mg/500 mg: Recall - Potential for Oversized Tablets

Posted 28 Dec 2012 by Drugs.com

Qualitest/Endo Health Mylan UPDATE 12/21/2012: Mylan announced a voluntary nationwide recall to the retail level of three lots of Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets, USP 10 mg/500 mg (Lots 3037841, 3040859 and 3042573). The three lots, manufactured by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals, were repackaged and distributed by Mylan in unit dose (CD100) under the UDL Laboratories label. The lot numbers are Lots 3037841, 3040859 and 3042573. [Posted 12/07/2012] ISSUE: Qualitest, a subsidiary of Endo Health Solutions, issued a voluntary nationwide recall for 101 lots of Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets, USP 10 mg/500 mg. Bottles from the affected lots may contain tablets that have a higher dosage of acetaminophen, and as a result, it is possible that consumers could take more than the intended acetaminophen dose. Unintentional administration of tablets with increased ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Qualitest Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets 10 mg/500 mg: Recall - Potential for Oversized Tablets

Posted 7 Dec 2012 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Qualitest, a subsidiary of Endo Health Solutions, issued a voluntary nationwide recall for 101 lots of Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets, USP 10 mg/500 mg. Bottles from the affected lots may contain tablets that have a higher dosage of acetaminophen, and as a result, it is possible that consumers could take more than the intended acetaminophen dose. Unintentional administration of tablets with increased acetaminophen content could result in liver toxicity, especially in patients on other acetaminophen containing medications, patients with liver dysfunction, or people who consume more than 3 alcoholic beverages a day. Taking a higher dose of hydrocodone than intended could result in an increase in the severity or frequency of side effects, such as sedation or respiratory depression, particularly in patients who are elderly, have severe kidney or liver impairment, or ... Read more

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Painkiller Abuse by Kids Way Up, Study Finds

Posted 17 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17 – The rate of prescription painkiller abuse among American youth is 40 percent higher than in previous generations, and it is now the second most common type of illegal drug use after marijuana, according to a new study. The current generation's abuse of prescription pain medications such as vicodin, valium and oxycontin is "higher than any generation ever measured," study author Richard Miech, a professor of sociology at the University of Colorado, Denver, said in a university news release. The researchers analyzed data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health from 1985 to 2009, and found that prescription painkiller abuse led to: A 129 percent increase in emergency department visits between 2004 and 2009. A more than 500 percent increase in the number of people seeking treatment for addiction to prescription opioids between 1997 and 2007. A threefold ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets, USP 10 mg/500 mg (Watson Laboratories): Recall - Potential for Oversized and Superpotent Tablets

Posted 24 Sep 2012 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Watson Laboratories, Inc. notified the public of a voluntary nationwide recall for two lots of Hydrocodone Bitartrate and APAP Tablets, USP 10 mg/500 mg (Lot Numbers 519406A and 521759A, both with the expiry date April 2014, distributed between 6/27/2012 and 7/18/2012 to wholesale distributors and retail pharmacies nationwide). A complaint was received for tablets that were thicker and darker shade than the other tablets. It is possible that some tablets from lots 519406A and 521759A exceed the weight specification and may contain higher than indicated amounts of the ingredients Hydrocodone Bitartrate and/or Acetaminophen. Unintentional ingestion of excessive amounts of acetaminophen may potentially result in an adverse event, including liver toxicity, especially in patients on other acetaminophen containing medications, patients with liver dysfunction, or people who consume more ... Read more

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'Doctor Shopping' Tied to Fatal Prescription Drug Overdoses

Posted 16 Sep 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 14 – People who visit multiple doctors and pharmacies to get medications are at greater risk of dying from a prescription drug overdose, according to a new study. Drug-monitoring programs might help identify patients who engage in what's known as "doctor shopping" or "pharmacy shopping," the researchers said. "These programs currently exist in most states, and efforts are under way to create one large program that would compile the controlled-substance prescription data from all participating states," Marie Abate, a professor at the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy and faculty affiliate in the university's Injury Control Center, said in a university news release. One such program, the West Virginia Controlled Substance Monitoring Program (CSMP), collects information on every controlled-substance prescription filled in the state. The study authors examined the ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Qualitest Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets 10 mg/500 mg: Recall - Potential for Oversized Tablets

Posted 11 Sep 2012 by Drugs.com

ISSUE:  Today, Qualitest, a subsidiary of Endo Health Solutions,issued a voluntary, nationwide retail level recall for one lot of Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets, USP 10 mg/500 mg. Bottles from the affected lot may contain tablets that have a higher dosage of acetaminophen, and as a result, it is possible that consumers could take more than the intended acetaminophen dose. Unintentional administration of tablets with increased acetaminophen content could result in liver toxicity, especially in patients on other acetaminophen containing medications, patients with liver dysfunction, or people who consume more than 3 alcoholic beverages a day. BACKGROUND: Hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen 10 mg/500 mg tablets are indicated for the relief of moderate to moderately severe pain. The affected lot, C1440512A, was distributed between May 14 and Aug. 3, 2012 to wholesale ... Read more

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Teens Who Drink, Smoke More Likely to Abuse Painkillers Later: Study

Posted 21 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 21 – Teenagers who smoke or drink are two to three times more likely to abuse prescription painkillers later on in life, new research shows. Researchers from Yale University analyzed information collected from young adults aged 18 to 25 from the 2006-2008 U.S. National Survey on Drug Use and Health. About 12 percent of the young adults surveyed said they currently abused prescription opioids. Of those, 57 percent had abused alcohol as teens; 56 percent smoked cigarettes and 34 percent used marijuana. About 3.5 million young adults abuse prescription opioids, "and this number is growing," study lead author Dr. Lynn Fiellin, associate professor of medicine at Yale, said in a university news release. Gender was also associated with risk of opioid abuse, the investigators found. Among men, use of cigarettes, alcohol and marijuana when they were teenagers was associated with a ... Read more

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Teach Prescribers About Dangers of Long-Acting Pain Meds: FDA

Posted 9 Jul 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 9 – As part of its efforts to curb the abuse of narcotic painkillers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is requiring drug makers to educate doctors about the risks of long-acting and extended-release forms of the drugs. "Prescription-drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing drug problem," FDA commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg said during a Monday afternoon press conference. Commonly prescribed drugs that come in longer-acting forms include oxycodone, morphine and fentanyl. The continuing-education programs will be based on FDA-created blueprints. The agency expects the more than 20 companies that make these drugs to provide grants to firms that specialize in medical continuing education. These firms will, in turn, develop and administer the programs under FDA supervision and provide them to doctors for free. Although all opioid painkillers carry risk of abuse, ... Read more

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