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FDA requires strong warnings for opioid analgesics, prescription opioid cough products, and benzodiazepine labeling related to serious risks and death from combined use

After an extensive review of the latest scientific evidence, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that it is requiring class-wide changes to drug labeling, including patient information, to help inform health care providers and patients of the serious risks associated with the combined use of certain opioid medications and a class of central …

A Proactive Response to Prescription Opioid Abuse

We at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continue to be deeply concerned about the growing epidemic of opioid abuse, addiction, and overdose — an epidemic directly related to the increasingly widespread misuse of powerful opioid pain medications. As the federal agency charged with ensuring that the drugs used by the U.S. public are both …

AMA supports monitoring to curb opioid abuse

The American Medical Association is urging doctors to use prescription drug monitoring programs to combat opioid abuse. The AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse is urging health care providers to use state­run prescription drug monitoring programs to check a patient’s history when considering treatment options, the Chicago­based group said in a statement on Wednesday. …

Cognitive behavioral therapy reduces pain

The vast majority of people with chronic pain rely on pain medications like prescription opioids for relief, but as the use of these drugs has increased, so has the incidence of serious problems including overdose, addiction and health complications. Often pain killers don’t improve a person’s ability to function well (because they feel too sedated) …

Workers comp payers backing cognitive behavioral therapy

Cognitive therapy aids return to work. Some prominent workers compensation payers are taking an unusual step: actively recommending cognitive behavioral therapy for claimants who suffer from chronic pain and psychosocial issues that are hindering their recovery. When properly applied, the psychotherapeutic approach can help workers comp and nonoccupational disability claimants return to work sooner by …