Minnesota Doctors Among Those Urging FDA To Limit Use Of Prescription Pain KillersSubmitted by emalvini on Thu, 07/26/2012 - 12:01
Minnesota Doctors Among Those Urging FDA To Limit Use Of Prescription Pain Killers
By Susan Perry | 09:15 am
Minnesota physicians have joined others seeking to prevent addiction to painkillers like oxycodone.
Three Minnesota physicians who specialize in treating pain and addiction are among 37 clinicians, researchers and health officials who petitioned [PDF] the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Wednesday to change the labeling of prescription opioids.
The goal of their request: to prevent more people from becoming addicted to these powerful painkillers, which include such drugs as oxycodone (Oxycotin) and hydrocodone (Vicodin).
The petition asks the FDA to take three specific steps: 1) to no longer indicate that opioids can be used for “moderate” pain, 2) to add a maximum daily dose for the drugs (the equivalent of 100 milligrams of morphine), and 3) to put a limit (90 days) on the amount of time a patient can take these painkillers. All of these changes would be for non-cancer pain.