FDA Considers Making Anti-Overdose Drug More Accessible

Law360, New York (April 10, 2012, 7:53 PM EDT) -- The Food and Drug Administration, responding to what public health officials call an epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse, is starting to consider making an overdose antidote more easily available, and is holding an all-day public meeting on the subject Thursday.

The FDA says it wants to hear from experts, health officials and the public about whether to make naloxone more accessible to nonmedical people in order to prevent overdose from opioid painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin.

Advocates such as the Harm Reduction Coalition say making...
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