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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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Many U.S. Vets Suffer Chronic Pain, Take Narcotic Painkillers: Study

Posted 30 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 30, 2014 – Nearly half of U.S. soldiers returning home are caught in the grip of chronic pain, with a substantial number of them relying on addictive narcotic painkillers to help them cope, a new study finds. About 44 percent of the members of an Army infantry brigade reported chronic pain even three months after returning from their tour of duty in Afghanistan or Iraq, nearly double the estimate for the civilian population. Civilian chronic pain rates are about 26 percent. Soldiers also are nearly four times more likely than civilians to use prescription narcotics to treat their pain, according to the report published online June 30 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. About 15 percent of soldiers in the brigade reported using narcotic painkillers within the last month, compared to 4 percent of civilians. "War is really hard on the body," said study author Lt. Cmdr. ... Read more

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FDA Reminder: Stop Prescribing/Dispensing Prescription Combinations with more than 325 mg Acetaminophen

Posted 28 Apr 2014 by Drugs.com

April 28, 2014 – FDA is reminding health care professionals to stop prescribing and pharmacists to stop dispensing prescription combination drug products that contain more than 325 milligrams (mg) of acetaminophen per tablet, capsule, or other dosage unit. If a pharmacist receives a prescription for a combination product with more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per dosage unit, FDA recommends that they contact the prescriber to discuss a product with a lower dose of acetaminophen. These products are no longer considered safe by FDA and have been voluntarily withdrawn. We encourage pharmacists to return them to the wholesaler or manufacturer. These products were voluntarily withdrawn by the manufacturers at FDA’s request to protect consumers from the risk of severe liver damage, which can result from taking too much acetaminophen. FDA also asks wholesalers to remove the product codes for a ... Read more

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More ERs Treating Headaches With Narcotics, Study Finds

Posted 2 Apr 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 2, 2014 – There's been a big increase in prescriptions for powerful narcotic painkillers given to headache patients at hospital emergency departments, a new U.S. study finds. This increase has occurred even though guidelines from a number of medical groups, including the American Academy of Neurology and the American College of Emergency Physicians, say these pain drugs should not be used as a first-line treatment for headache. The study authors pointed out that this trend in emergency department prescribing practices has occurred at the same time that rates of abuse, overdose and deaths due to narcotics are on the rise in the United States. The researchers analyzed national data from 2001 to 2010 and found a 65 percent increase in emergency department use of narcotic prescriptions for headaches during that period. The largest rise (450 percent) was in the use of ... Read more

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ERs Dispensing More Narcotic Painkillers: Study

Posted 23 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 21, 2014 – More and more Americans are being prescribed powerful narcotic drugs when they visit the emergency department for problems such as low back pain or a pounding headache, a new study finds. Between 2001 and 2010, emergency departments in the United States showed a 49 percent increase in prescriptions for narcotic painkillers – also known as opiates. That was despite the fact that there was only a small increase in the percentage of visits for painful conditions. Experts said the trend is concerning because narcotic painkillers – which include drugs like OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin – can be addictive, or abused by people with existing drug problems. And while the drugs may be necessary for more-severe pain, ER doctors see many patients who can stick with over-the-counter pain relievers. "In many cases, naproxen, Tylenol (acetaminophen) and ibuprofen are the ... Read more

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Common Cold Meds May Pose Health Threats

Posted 19 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2014 – Over-the-counter sinus and pain remedies that combine two common ingredients – phenylephrine and acetaminophen – might cause serious side effects such as high blood pressure, dizziness and tremors, New Zealand researchers warn. These side effects occur because acetaminophen (the main ingredient in Tylenol) boosts the effects of phenylephrine, according to a report in the March 20 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Products containing this drug combination include Tylenol Sinus, Sudafed PE Sinus, Benadryl Allergy Plus Sinus and Excedrin Sinus Headache. "What we found was surprising because it hasn't been studied or reported," said lead researcher Hartley Atkinson, managing director of AFT Pharmaceuticals, Ltd., in Auckland. Phenylephrine, which replaced pseudoephedrine in many over-the-counter medications, relieves nasal congestion from colds, ... Read more

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Study Finds 1 in 3 Tennesseans Uses Narcotic Painkillers Each Year

Posted 3 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 3, 2014 – One of every three Tennesseans fills a prescription for narcotic painkillers at least once a year, creating a free-floating pool of available medication that helps feed the state's growing problem with prescription drug abuse, a new study has found. Nearly 5.2 million Tennessee residents received painkillers – 37 million total prescriptions – between 2007 and 2011, which works out to about 1.4 prescriptions per resident, according to a report published online March 3 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. A small but significant percentage of those residents appeared to be engaging in "doctor shopping," which indicates drug abuse and increases their risk of overdose death, said senior study author Dr. Timothy Jones, state epidemiologist for the Tennessee Department of Health. Among patients who received narcotic pain killers in 2011, 7.6 percent got ... Read more

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Use of Tylenol in Pregnancy Tied to Higher ADHD Risk in Child

Posted 24 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 24, 2014 – Expectant mothers suffering from fever or headache may face a new dilemma when they open the medicine cabinet. Pregnant women who take acetaminophen – best known under the brand name Tylenol – might be more likely to have a child with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new long-term study suggests. Acetaminophen is the most commonly used over-the-counter medication for pregnant women who experience fever or pain. Children whose mothers took acetaminophen while pregnant had up to a 40 percent higher risk of being diagnosed with ADHD, according to the research, which involved more than 64,000 Danish mothers and their children. The kids were born between 1996 and 2002. By the age of 7, these children also were more likely to use ADHD medication and exhibit ADHD-like behavior problems, according to the study, published Feb. 24 in the journal JAMA ... Read more

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Many U.S. Seniors Get Prescription Painkillers From Multiple Doctors

Posted 19 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2014 – About one-third of Medicare patients who get prescriptions for powerful narcotic painkillers receive them from multiple doctors, which raises their risk for hospitalization, according to a new study. Narcotics (also called opioids) include painkillers such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (Oxycontin) and morphine. Prescriptions for these drugs have risen sharply in the United States in the past 20 years – as have overdoses. "As physicians, we tell patients not to drive when they take opioids, but we also need to tell them that it can be dangerous to receive these medications from more than one provider," said study author Dr. Anupam Jena, an assistant professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School. Jena and his colleagues also found that having multiple doctors prescribe prescription painkillers increased patients' risk of being hospitalized ... Read more

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U.S. Officials Target Escalating Drug Overdoses

Posted 11 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 11 – As deaths from heroin and prescription painkillers mount across the United States, government officials are searching for ways to stem the toll of addiction. The death last week of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, in New York City from an apparent heroin overdose highlighted this escalating problem. "The use of opioids – a group of drugs that includes heroin and prescription painkillers – is having a devastating impact on public health and safety in communities across the nation," Gil Kerlikowske, director of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy, said during a Tuesday morning news conference in Washington, D.C. "In 2010, approximately 100 Americans died from overdoses every day," Kerlikowske said. Prescription painkillers were involved in more than 16,600 deaths that year, and heroin was involved in about 3,000 deaths, he added. Overdose ... Read more

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FDA Warns Against Prescription Drugs With High Levels of Acetaminophen

Posted 15 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has asked doctors to stop prescribing painkillers that contain more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen because of reports of severe liver damage. Prescription painkillers, which include Vicodin and Percocet, are commonly given for pain following acute injuries, operations or dental procedures and they often contain acetaminophen. However, many over-the-counter medications also contain acetaminophen. The FDA first tackled this issue in January 2011, when it asked drug makers to stop making prescription painkillers that contained more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen per dose. Accidental overdoses from using these products contributes to nearly half of all cases of acetaminophen-related liver failure in the United States, the agency said in a statement issued Tuesday. Most cases of severe liver injury occurred in ... Read more

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