Monday, November 24, 2008

Oxycontin Gets Black Box Warning

The Food and Drug Administration is beefing up warning labels for doctors prescribing the controversial prescription pain medication OxyContin.

In a "black box warning," the strongest type of warning for an FDA-approved drug, the agency is telling doctors not to prescribe the narcotic with addictive properties similar to morphine except for patients with the most severe, continuous pain. OxyContin "can be abused in a manner similar to other opioid agonists [drugs of its type], legal or illicit," reads the new warning, announced today. "This should be considered when prescribing or dispensing OxyContin in situations where the physician or pharmacist is concerned about an increased risk of misuse, abuse, or diversion" to illegal distribution channels.

The stern warning comes amid continuing reports of abuse and overdose deaths linked to the drug.


At Wednesday, November 26, 2008 7:24:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can find no information on FDA's website to confirm this. What is the basis for your assertion that FDA has changed the black box language for OxyContin?

At Thursday, February 05, 2009 10:10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is the same warning on other opioids, not just oxycontin


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