New FDA Rules Put Onus On Doctors To Curb Opioid Abuse

By Sindhu Sundar (March 28, 2016, 10:39 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's latest efforts to address what public health officials consider an epidemic of opioid abuse put the onus squarely on doctors to limit prescriptions of the controversial painkillers, in what some attorneys say is a tacit acknowledgment of the agency's difficulty in policing what drugmakers and pharmaceutical sales representatives actually tell doctors about opioids.

The FDA last week announced that it is requiring stronger warnings on immediate-release opioids, to alert doctors and patients to their risks for "risks of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose and death," according to the agency. The stronger warnings also include a so-called...

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