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Friday, July 27, 2012

Physicians Petition to Limit Opioid Abuse

Pharmaceutical reform has been a major topic of interest and reform efforts nationally in the workers' compensation arena. More particularly the alledged abuse of opioids have received particular attention. Several physicians have petitioned the FDA to change labeling requirements for such products.

1. Strike the term “moderate” from the indication for non-cancer pain.
2. Add a maximum daily dose, equivalent to 100 milligrams of morphine for non-cancer pain.
3. Add a maximum duration of 90-days for continuous (daily) use for non-cancer pain."

This effort appears to be yet another step in targeting distribution. It remains to be seen what will ultimately be the beneficial resolution to balance all stakeholders interests. The issue is indeed complicated. The efforts to reform pharmacuetical use is a tough balancing act. The ulterior motive of cost savings and profits generates sensationalism, but what makes good medical sense and what benefits the patient should not go unnoticed. 

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