Pre­scrib­ing num­bers are down, but still a prob­lem for opi­oid cri­sis

Modern Healthcare - - Data Points -

The Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion on Nov. 2 ap­proved a new fast-act­ing, su­per­po­tent opi­oid tablet as an al­ter­na­tive to IV painkillers used in hos­pi­tals. The de­ci­sion came over ob­jec­tions from crit­ics who fear the pill will be abused. FDA Com­mis­sioner Dr. Scott Got­tlieb said there will be “very tight re­stric­tions” placed on the drug’s dis­tri­bu­tion and that it’s in­tended only for su­per­vised set­tings like hos­pi­tals. While pre­scrib­ing num­bers for opi­oids have been de­clin­ing for the past few years, pre­scrip­tion use of painkillers still presents a ma­jor chal­lenge for com­bat­ing the over­all opi­oid cri­sis.

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