FDA Announces New Labeling Rules for Prescription Pain Killers (10.17.13)

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The Food and Drug Administration announced changes to the labeling requirements for long-acting painkillers, in a further effort to curb prescription drug abuse, which has been on the rise in recent years.

Agency officials said the labeling changes, set to take effect by the end of the year, would “help improve the thoughtful prescribing of these medicines,” which include OxyContin, a highly addictive opioid that has figured prominently in the abuse epidemic. Morphine and fentanyl are other examples.