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Archive for October, 2013

FDA orders new fentanyl warning labels following children’s accidental overdose deaths

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will require companies who sell the fentanyl pain patch to issue a new warning label in order to prevent accidental overdoses from the powerful painkiller drug. The agency ordered the new fentanyl warning labels after the deaths of two children from accidental fentanyl overdoses. (more…)

OxyContin maker faces Kentucky lawsuit over addiction risk, overprescription of painkiller

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

The state of Kentucky has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the painkiller drug OxyContin for actions that it says helped fuel a “pill epidemic” in the state. The lawsuit accuses Perdue Pharma of hiding the addiction risk of OxyContin from doctors and of encouraging physicians who were not trained in pain management to overprescribe the painkiller to patients. (more…)