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FDA Medwatch Alert: Opioid Pain Relievers or Medicines to Treat Opioid Use Disorder - FDA Recommends Health Care Professionals Discuss Naloxone with All Patients when Prescribing

ISSUE: FDA is requiring drug manufacturers for all opioid pain relievers and medicines to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) to add new recommendations about naloxone to the prescribing information....

What's the Best Way to Administer the Opioid OD Antidote?

MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2020 – In the midst of a U.S. epidemic of opioid abuse, knowing how to quickly administer the anti-overdose drug naloxone could save a life. Now, research finds that delivering...

When Pharmacists Allowed to Give Anti-Opioid Med Without Rx, Access Soars

FRIDAY, Jan. 31, 2020 – Allowing pharmacists to provide the opioid overdose drug naloxone without a prescription led to a huge increase in dispensing of the lifesaving drug in Ohio. Ohio state...

Could You Save a Life From Opioid Overdose?

MONDAY, Jan. 27, 2020 – As the United States grapples with an opioid abuse crisis, Americans are being urged to learn how to recognize and respond to overdoses from these and other drugs. A populace...

Just 2% of Patients Who Need It Get Anti-Opioid Drug Naloxone

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2020 – Naloxone can prevent opioid overdose deaths, but only a tiny percentage of Americans at risk are prescribed the lifesaving drug. That's the key finding from an analysis of...

Drugstores Often Don't Have Opioid Antidote Naloxone in Stock, Philly Study Shows

FRIDAY, June 7, 2019 – Even though the drug naloxone can be a lifesaving antidote to an opioid overdose, researchers in Philadelphia report that only a third of drugstores in that city carried it....

Health Tip: Naloxone Fast Facts

-- Naloxone, also known as Narcan or Evzio, is a medication that treats opioid overdose. Naloxone can restore normal respiration for people who have stopped breathing, says the U.S. National...

Dispensing Opioid Antidote Naloxone Without a Prescription Might Save Lives

MONDAY, May 6, 2019 – Opioid overdose deaths would decline dramatically if U.S. pharmacists could dispense the antidote naloxone without a doctor's prescription, a new study says. In states that...

U.S. Teen Opioid Deaths Soaring

TUESDAY, April 30, 2019 – The number of American children and teens who have lost their lives to opioids has nearly tripled since 1999, a new report shows. Based on data gathered by the U.S. Centers...

FDA Approves First Generic Naloxone Nasal Spray to Treat Opioid Overdose

April 19, 2019 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today granted final approval of the first generic naloxone hydrochloride nasal spray, commonly known as Narcan, a life-saving medication that...

FDA Approves First Generic Naloxone Nasal Spray Against Opioid Overdose

FRIDAY, April 19, 2019 – The first generic naloxone nasal spray to treat opioid overdose has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Teva Pharmaceuticals' lifesaving product is...

Many Heroin Users Unprepared for Fentanyl OD

TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 – Though they know that nearly all heroin is laced with the dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl, many Baltimore users aren't prepared to prevent or treat fentanyl-related...

After Opioid OD, Most Patients Can Leave Hospital in an Hour

THURSDAY, Jan. 3, 2019 – People who overdose on opioids can often be saved quickly with a dose of naloxone, but it hasn't been clear how long someone should be kept in the hospital after being...

Many Drugstores Won't Dispense Opioid Antidote Naloxone as Required

TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 – People who overdose on opioids have one lifeline, the drug naloxone, but two new studies find that many pharmacies won't offer this lifesaving antidote without a doctor's...

Naloxone Nasal Spray Works Best to Stop Opioid OD: Study

FRIDAY, Sept. 7, 2018 – A one-step nasal spray is the easiest form of naloxone to give someone suffering an opioid overdose, researchers say. Increased public availability of naloxone, also known by...

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