FDA Panel hears Victims of Pain and Relatives of Overdose Victims Stories
On Feb 7th, the FDA allowed relatives of patients who had overdosed, as well as patients dealing with pain, speak at a hearing on the use of opioids. Before the FDA makes any decisions they want to hear all sides and accumulate statistics on how doctors are diagnosing. They also want to understand patients dealing with pain and how opioids are being used to treat pain, as well as how they are currently labeled. Their overall goal is to figure out the best way to limit opioid usage, but not make it impossible for those who need it to get it. This is all part of the effort to decrease the numbers of abuse and misuse of powerful narcotics.
Relatives of victims said they would at least like to see changes made to the labels on prescription drugs. Victims of pain voiced their concerns about the changes being considered; they are worried that they might be left out in the cold to suffer from their pain if these changes occur. The FDA made the statement that they are aware that opioid analgesics are beneficial to modern pain management, but their abuse has made “a serious and growing public health problem. ” They believe that the development of abuse-deterrent formulations is “a high public health priority.”
So far the FDA is considering a petition of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, which is composed of a group of doctors and pain specialists. The petition has ideas such as a recommended upper daily dose on the medications’ labels and limit prescriptions to 90 day treatments. They would like to see painkillers used for severe pain, rather than moderate pain, except in the case of cancer patients.
This along with a few other ideas such as creating tamper resistant formulas of the opioids as well as packaging that could prevent misuse are being considered by the FDA to instate as regulations for prescription medications.
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