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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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FDA Medwatch Alert: Acetaminophen Prescription Combination Drug Products with more than 325 mg: FDA Statement - Recommendation to Discontinue Prescribing and Dispensing

Posted 14 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: FDA is recommending health care professionals discontinue prescribing and dispensing prescription combination drug products that contain more than 325 milligrams (mg) of acetaminophen per tablet, capsule or other dosage unit. There are no available data to show that taking more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per dosage unit provides additional benefit that outweighs the added risks for liver injury. Further, limiting the amount of acetaminophen per dosage unit will reduce the risk of severe liver injury from inadvertent acetaminophen overdose, which can lead to liver failure, liver transplant, and death.   Cases of severe liver injury with acetaminophen have occurred in patients who: • took more than the prescribed dose of an acetaminophen-containing product in a 24-hour period; • took more than one acetaminophen-containing product at the same time; or • drank alcohol while taking a ... Read more

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Health Tip: Don't Take Too Much Acetaminophen

Posted 3 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

-- If you're plagued with a headache, sinus congestion or body aches, you may find the common pain reliever acetaminophen in more than one medication you take for relief. After all, acetaminophen is found in more than 600 over-the-counter and prescription medications, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The FDA makes these recommendations on how to make sure you don't take too much acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol: Adults should not exceed 4,000 milligrams per day. Never take more than the recommended dose of any medication. Avoid taking multiple over-the-counter medications that contain acetaminophen. Don't take a prescription drug that contains acetaminophen along with an OTC medication that contains it. Read more

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Doctors' Group Urges Tighter Controls on Prescription Painkillers

Posted 9 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2013 – Abuse of narcotic painkillers and other prescription drugs is a growing problem in the United States, and a leading doctors' group is urging members to exercise tighter control on the medications. The American College of Physicians (ACP) says its recommended changes will make it tougher for prescription drugs – painkillers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin, as well as drugs used for sleep problems and weight loss – to be abused or diverted for sale on the street. Prescription drug abuse may now be a prime cause of accidental death in the United States, according to a recent tally of preliminary data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One 2010 survey, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, found that 16 million Americans aged 12 and older had used a prescription painkiller, sedative, tranquilizer or stimulant for purposes other than ... Read more

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OxyContin Tops List of Abused Prescription Drugs: Survey

Posted 9 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2013 – Oxycodone – the active ingredient in OxyContin – and hydrocodone are the most popular drugs among Americans who abuse prescription painkillers, a new study finds. OxyContin and Percocet are brand names for drugs containing oxycodone. Brand names of drugs that contain hydrocodone include Vicodin and Lortab. Researchers surveyed more than 3,500 prescription painkiller abusers in 160 drug-treatment programs across the United States. They found that 45 percent of participants favored oxycodone and 30 percent favored hydrocodone. Both drugs come in pill form, but almost 64 percent of oxycodone abusers and just over one-quarter of hydrocodone abusers crushed the tablets and inhaled the drug. One in five abusers said they sometimes dissolved oxycodone in water and injected it. Less than 5 percent said they injected hydrocodone. Gender, personality and age were all ... Read more

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Most Teens Who Misuse Painkillers Aren't After a High, Study Finds

Posted 13 Nov 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 13 – Most teens who misuse narcotic painkillers hope to get relief from pain, a new study reveals. Researchers found that four out of five teens who misused prescription pain medications such as OxyContin or Vicodin by taking more than directed or using someone else's prescription cared less about getting high than they did about easing their discomfort. Although research has shown that most teens given prescriptions for narcotic pain relievers use them properly, some young people do not. Sean McCabe and colleagues from the University of Michigan surveyed about 3,000 teens in 2011 and 2012 to determine why they abused these pain medications. They also took the teens' gender, race and ethnicity into account. Although the majority of the teens surveyed said they took the drugs to relieve pain, the investigators noted that 30 percent of the teens who didn't take their ... Read more

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Tylenol and Alcohol a Bad Mix, Study Suggests

Posted 4 Nov 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 4 – Combining Tylenol and even light consumption of alcohol can more than double someone's risk of kidney disease, researchers say. Taking the recommended dose of Tylenol, also known by its generic name acetaminophen, combined with a small to moderate amount of alcohol produces a 123 percent increased risk of kidney disease, according to a new preliminary study. "Most people take this medication without any input from pharmacists or physicians, and that's where the public-health concern is," said lead researcher Harrison Ndetan, an associate professor for research and biostatistics at Parker University in Dallas. "People buy acetaminophen over the counter, and they also are casual alcohol users, and they don't know that there is a harmful interaction." The study, scheduled for presentation Monday at the American Public Health Association's annual meeting in Boston, ... Read more

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One in 10 Teens Has Misused Prescription Painkillers: Survey

Posted 31 Oct 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 31 – About one in 10 American teens and young adults says they have misused a prescription painkiller or sedative, a new study finds. Researchers conducted a confidential survey of more than 2,100 people aged 14 to 20 who visited University of Michigan Health System emergency departments for any reason in 2010 and 2011. The results showed that 10.4 percent of the participants admitted to misusing a prescription painkiller or sedative at least once in the last year. This included taking drugs to get high, taking more than the recommended amount of a drug that was prescribed to them and taking drugs prescribed to someone else. Most of the drug misuse was illegal. The vast majority of patients who admitted misuse had no prescriptions for these drugs on their medical records, according to the authors of the study published online Oct. 28 in the journal Pediatrics. The ... Read more

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FDA Urges Tighter Controls on Certain Prescription Painkillers

Posted 25 Oct 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 24 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recommended tighter controls on prescriptions for painkillers such as Vicodin and Lortab that contain the powerful narcotic hydrocodone. The change will cut in half the number of refills that patients can get before seeing their doctor to get a new prescription, the agency said Thursday. Patients also will have to take a prescription to their pharmacy to have it filled, rather than have a doctor call it in. The FDA announced that it will also ask in mid-December that all prescription medications containing hydrocodone be reclassified as "Schedule II" medications. As Schedule II drugs, these painkillers will be subject to the same type of strict control as other narcotics with the highest potential for abuse, including OxyContin, methadone, fentanyl, Adderall and Ritalin. The FDA has been spurred to action by epidemic levels ... Read more

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Longer Detox Might Work Better for Prescription Pain Med Addiction

Posted 23 Oct 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23 – A longer period of detoxification may be more effective for people being treated for addiction to prescription painkillers called opioids, according to a small new study. Abuse of prescription opioids such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and hydromorphone is a major public health problem in the United States. The new 12-week study, which included 70 people undergoing outpatient treatment for opioid addiction, was published online Oct. 23 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. For the first two weeks, all the patients took buprenorphine, a medication used to treat opioid addiction. They were then randomly assigned to slowly reduce the dose of buprenorphine over one, two or four weeks, followed by treatment with naltrexone, a medication that blocks opioid strength. Patients in the four-week group were more likely to stop abusing opioids than those in the one-week or two-week ... Read more

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Weight-Loss Surgery May Add to Painkiller Dependence, Study Says

Posted 2 Oct 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 1 – Obese people taking narcotics for chronic pain actually increased their use of prescription painkillers following bariatric surgery intended to reduce their weight and relieve their pain, a new study shows. Bariatric patients who already were chronic users of opioid painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin increased their drug intake by 13 percent the first year after surgery and by 18 percent three years after, researchers report in the Oct. 2 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Weight loss associated with procedures such as gastric bypass has been found to relieve chronic pain caused by the stress that extra pounds place on the knees, back and other joints. "Our premise was that because patients who are undergoing bariatric surgery were undergoing such dramatic weight loss, whatever chronic pain they were going through would be relieved and ... Read more

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Opioids Not Winning the Battle Against Pain, Study Suggests

Posted 19 Sep 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 19 – Prescriptions for powerful opioid painkiller drugs have skyrocketed in the United States, but identification and treatment of pain has not improved, according to a new study. "There is an epidemic of prescription opioid addiction and abuse in the United States. We felt it was important to examine whether or not this epidemic has coincided with improved identification and treatment of pain," Dr. G. Caleb Alexander, an associate professor of epidemiology and medicine and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness, said in a Hopkins news release. The researchers analyzed federal government data collected between 2000 and 2010, and found no significant change in the number of pain-related visits to doctors that resulted in patients receiving treatment with pain relievers. During the study period, prescriptions of non-opioid painkillers ... Read more

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FDA Announces New Safety Measures for Narcotic Painkillers

Posted 10 Sep 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 10 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is requiring all extended-release, long-acting narcotic painkillers to carry revised warning labeling, the agency said Tuesday. One warning restricts the use of these painkillers to those who need daily, around-the-clock, long-term pain management and for whom non-narcotic drugs haven't worked. A second warning alerts pregnant women to the danger of narcotic withdrawal syndrome in their newborns. "Today FDA is announcing a set of significant measures to enhance the safe and appropriate use of extended-release and long-acting opioid analgesics," FDA commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg said in an afternoon press conference. Oxycontin, Opana ER, Embeda, Palladone and MS Contin fall into this class of drugs. The medications contain narcotics such as oxycodone or morphine. These "black box" warning changes will continue to ensure the ... Read more

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Some Painkillers Tied to Certain Birth Defects in Study

Posted 10 Sep 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 10 – Women taking prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin, Vicodin and Percocet early in pregnancy are twice as likely to give birth to babies with devastating neural tube defects such as spina bifida, a new study suggests. Despite the doubled risk, researchers described the escalation as "modest" since neural tube defects – which include those of the brain and spine – seldom occur. With study participants' use of prescription opioids, the risk of these birth defects translated to a prevalence of nearly six per 10,000 live births. "We want to keep in mind that major birth defects of any kind affect only 2 percent to 3 percent of live births, so the risks we've identified should be kept in perspective," said study author Mahsa Yazdy, a postdoctoral associate at Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University. "Even though we found a doubling in the risk of neural tube ... Read more

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