New rules for opioid prescribing

Elliott, William T.
April 2009
Travel Medicine Advisor;Apr2009 Pharmacology Watch, p2
The article reports on the plans of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to tightened regulations on use of opioid drugs in 2009. Such drugs include fentanyl, hydromorphone and oxymorphone, among others. The move is reportedly in reaction to the misuse and abuse of these drugs as of February 2009. Also noted are the clinical guidelines released by the American Academy of Pain Medicine Opioids Guidelines Panel for the use of chronic opioid therapy and chronic non-cancer pain.


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