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Narcan (naloxone HCl) Nasal Spray 2mg Approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Posted 6 Feb 2017 by

January 25, 2017 – Dublin, Ireland – Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Narcan Nasal Spray as a 2mg formulation for the emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose, as manifested by respiratory and/or central nervous system depression. The 2mg dose is approved for use in opioid-dependent patients expected to be at risk for severe opioid withdrawal in sit ...

Giving OD Antidote to Those Using Powerful Painkillers Might Save Lives

Posted 28 Jun 2016 by

MONDAY, June 27, 2016 – In the wake of the musician Prince's death from a painkiller overdose, a new study suggests some opioid-related deaths could be prevented by routinely prescribing an antidote for certain patients who take the medications. Researchers found that those who received prescriptions for the antidote naloxone (Evzio) were less likely to return for emergency care related to their ...

Shortages of Lifesaving Drugs Linger in U.S.

Posted 6 May 2016 by

FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 – Drug shortages remain a problem in the United States despite government legislation meant to boost availability, a new study finds. More than half of recent shortages involved acute-care drugs used to treat seriously ill patients in hospitals and emergency departments, according to researchers at Yale University, in New Haven, Conn. Those drugs include antibiotics, ...

FDA Approves Nasal Spray to Reverse Narcotic Painkiller Overdose

Posted 20 Nov 2015 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 – A nasal spray that treats narcotic painkiller and heroin drug overdoses has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The newly approved nasal spray (Narcan) contains the medication naloxone hydrochloride, which can stop or reverse the effects of a narcotic (also called opioid) drug overdose. Narcan is the first approved nasal spray version of the ...

FDA Approves Narcan (naloxone) Nasal Spray to Treat Opioid Overdose

Posted 18 Nov 2015 by

November 18, 2015 – Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Narcan nasal spray, the first FDA-approved nasal spray version of naloxone hydrochloride, a life-saving medication that can stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Opioids are a class of drugs that include prescription medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine, as well as the illegal drug heroin. ...

Wider Use of Naloxone Could Cut Deaths From Drug Overdoses: CDC

Posted 24 Apr 2015 by

FRIDAY, April 24, 2015 – Allowing more emergency medical service (EMS) workers to administer the prescription drug naloxone could reduce the number of overdose deaths caused by opioid drugs, U.S. health officials said Friday. Opioids include powerful prescription narcotic painkillers such as Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet and codeine as well as heroin. Prescription opioids caused more than 16,000 ...

Most Who Abuse Painkillers Are Unprepared If Overdose Strikes: Study

Posted 2 Oct 2014 by

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 ...

Targiniq ER Tough-to-Abuse Formulation of Oxycodone Approved

Posted 25 Jul 2014 by

THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 – Targiniq ER (oxycodone hydrochloride and naloxone hydrochloride extended release) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a long-term, around-the-clock treatment for severe pain when other therapies are ineffective or unavailable. The long-acting form of oxycodone, an opioid painkiller, has properties that are designed to deter abuse of the drug by ...

Toddlers Can Die From Swallowing Parents' Drug Detox Meds

Posted 29 Aug 2013 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 29 – Children are natural explorers and imitators. But, they don't have the capacity to understand the potential danger in some activities. That helps explain why among 2-year-olds, one of every 180 ends up in the emergency room due to medication poisoning every year. For most children, the outcomes are good. They're treated, and they suffer no lasting damage. But, some drugs can ...

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