Narcotic Analgesics

FDA Video: Dosing Errors with Certain Oral Syringes

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) recently pointed out that measuring doses with certain oral syringes can be confusing for healthcare practitioners and patients, and that this can lead to overdoses.

BUTRANS (buprenorphine) 5mcg/hr, 10mcg/hr, 20mcg/hr transdermal patch by Purdue

Butrans Transdermal System approved for chronic pain

The FDA has approved Purdue’s Butrans (buprenorphine) Transdermal System for the management of moderate to severe chronic pain in patients requiring a continuous, around-the-clock opioid analgesic for an extended period of time.

CDC issues statement and recommendations regarding prescription drug misuse

The CDC announced the 2009 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) found that 1 in 5 high school students have ever taken a prescription drug such as OxyContin (oxycodone, from Purdue), Percocet (oxycodone/acetaminophen, from Endo), Vicodin (hydrocodone/acetaminophen, from Abbott), Adderall (mixed salts of a single-entity amphetamine product, from Shire), Ritalin (methylphenidate, from Novartis), or Xanax (alprazolam, from Pfizer), without a prescription.