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FDA proposes stricter guidelines for widely prescribed painkiller hydrocodone

Proposed new guidelines for painkillers aims to put drugs containing hydrocodone, such as Lortab and Vicodin, in the same category as potent opioids like Oxycontin and morphine. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recommendation for the highly addictive class of painkillers must first be approved by other Health and Human Service Department officials before it can go into effect. The major policy change comes more than a decade after the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) first asked that hydrocodone-containing drugs be more restricted. Hydrocodone drugs are the most widely prescribed medications in the country, with more than 131 million prescriptions written ... Read More

Prescription drug deaths rise for 11th consecutive year

The number of prescription drug-induced deaths rose for the 11th straight year, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analysis. Most of the drug deaths were accidents involving potent painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin. “This is a big problem that has gotten much worse quickly,” said CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden. Prescription drug deaths continue to rise despite efforts to raise awareness of the risks among doctors and patients. The CDC reported a total of 38,329 drug-overdose fatalities nationwide in 2010. Nearly 60 percent of those deaths involved medicines, most of them prescription drugs. In 2009, the ... Read More

Advisory panel recommends stricter rules for painkiller Vicodin

The painkiller hydrocodone, the active ingredient in the drug Vicodin, should be reclassified as a schedule II narcotic to help curb the number of deaths caused by habit-forming prescription drugs, an advisory committee for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends. The panel voted 19 to 10 to change the drug’s classification so that it would be in the same category as other widely abused drugs including opioids such as fentanyl and OxyContin. If the FDA decides to go along with the committee’s recommendation, patients prescribed Vicodin would receive fewer pills in each prescription and refills would be harder to obtain. ... Read More

Drug overdose antidote may become available over the counter

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it will consider allowing the over-the-counter sale of an overdose antidote as a way of curbing the rising death toll from drug overdoses each year. The FDA along with the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) gathered last month to discuss strategies to fight prescription drug abuse and misuse. A key topic was widening the availability of naloxone (Narcan), a nontoxic, non-addictive drug that can reverse the potentially fatal opioid overdose. Some of the most misused prescription opioid painkillers include Oxycontin and Vicodin. ... Read More

Prescription drug overdose and abuse now the leading cause of death in U.S.

Public health experts are warning that an epidemic of pharmaceutical drug injuries has broken out nationwide, likely fueled by the ever-growing number of prescriptions written for the relief of pain and anxiety. According to preliminary data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of drug deaths exceeded the number of traffic fatalities in the U.S. for the first time in 2009, becoming the leading cause of death in the U.S. At least 37,485 people died from prescription drug injuries in 2009 — 1201 more than the number of people killed in traffic accidents during the same ... Read More

Congress calls for tighter controls on narcotic hydrocodone

Members of Congress are asking why the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) are refusing to put tighter controls on the nation’s second-most abused drug, hydrocodone, a narcotic that has been linked to murders, celebrity overdoses and pharmacy robberies. Hydrocodone is the key ingredient in dozens of FDA-approved medicines including Vicodin and Lortab. It is an opiate narcotic used to relieve moderate to severe pain or to relieve cough. The drug can also be habit-forming and is life-threatening if overdosed. Overdoses of hydrocodone has contributed to the deaths of actors Heath Ledger, Brittany Murphy, and ... Read More

Painkillers, diabetes drugs among most prescribed medications

The top 10 most prescribed drugs in America include pills to treat pain, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, according to a report published this week by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. The best selling drug with more than 131 prescriptions dispensed was hydrocodone, the generic version of the painkiller Vicodin. The report also showed a new trend in prescription drugs. For the first time ever, less expensive generic drugs dominated brand name medications, making up 78 percent of all drugs sold in the United States in 2010. The cost savings in generics also drove down drug spending, ... Read More

Darvon, Darvocet users have safer, more effective alternatives

When the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned drugs containing propoxyphene, known by the brand names Darvon and Darvocet, the drug had become one of the most prescribed painkillers in the country. Patients may be surprised by the sudden discontinuation, but both the safety and efficacy of propoxyphene had put the drug in the hot seat for years. It was data from a study on the effects of propoxyphene on the heart that led the FDA to remove the drug from the U.S. market. The study showed that drugs containing propoxyphene put users at greater risk of developing potentially fatal ... Read More

Group questions FDA’s reluctance to limit acetaminophen in OTC drugs

Last month the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asked makers of prescription acetaminophen drugs to limit the amount of acetaminophen to no more than 325 milligrams (mg) in each tablet or capsule, and to update their safety labels to include a black box warning for the risk of severe liver injury. While the watchdog group Public Citizen calls this move by the federal agency a “step forward,” it is asking the FDA why it stopped short in addressing the greater issue of over-the-counter (OTC) use of acetaminophen. After all, an FDA advisory committee in June 2009 offered strong recommendations concerning ... Read More

FDA limits acetaminophen levels, adds warning to prescription drugs

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking the manufacturers of prescription drugs that contain acetaminophen to limit the amount of acetaminophen to no more than 325 milligrams (mg) in each tablet or capsule, and to update their safety labels to include a black box warning for the risk of severe liver injury. Boxed warnings are the FDA’s strongest warning for prescription drugs and include situations where there is a significant risk for serious or even life-threatening reactions. Acetaminophen is found in both over-the-counter and prescription medicines and is used to relieve pain and fever. Over-the-counter products that contain acetaminophen ... Read More