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If you take prescription opioid medications for your chronic pain, please read this alert. The FDA is advising patients and health care professionals of a potential safety risk with opioids manufactured for Endo Pharmaceuticals by Novartis Consumer Health at their plant in Lincoln, Nebraska. Due to a problem with the packaging machinary, tablets of one type of medication may have been packaged with another medication. The drugs involved are:
Opana ER (oxymorphone hydrochloride) Extended-Release Tablets CII
Opana (oxymorphone hydrochloride) CII
Oxymorphone hydrochloride Tablets CII
PERCOCET (oxycodone hydrochloride and acetaminophen USP) Tablets CII
PERCODAN (oxycodone hydrochloride and aspirin, USP) Tablets CII
ENDOCET (oxycodone hydrochloride and acetaminophen USP) Tablets CII
ENDODAN (oxycodone hydrochloride and aspirin, USP) Tablets CII
MORPHINE SULFATE Extended-Release Tablets CII
ZYDONE (hydrocodone bitartrate/acetaminophen tablets, USP) CIII
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What exactly is a "black box" warning? Simply put, it's the strongest warning that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can require on a drug's packaging. The FDA requires the black box warning when studies suggest a drug can cause a serious or life-threatening side effect. The text of the warning is set apart from other information in a black box, so that doctors, pharmacists, and patients can easily see it. What did the FDA advisory panel recommend? The FDA itself hasn't made a decision about acetaminophen, but an FDA advisory panel has made 10 recommendations concerning the drug. Among those recommendations, the panel voted to remove acetaminophen-containing painkillers such as Vicodin, Tylenol 3, and Percocet from the nation's formularies. It also voted in favor of removing all acetaminophen-containing prescription drugs from the market. But the panel voted to keep over-the-counter (OTC) pills that combine acetaminophen and other ingredients, su...
Full Question : his question is concerning my husband's sister. We believe, and she seems to agree, that she has become addicted to the drugs prescribed for her migraine headaches. She has at her disposal 180 Percocet pills a month, Demerol shots to use as needed, two anti-seizure medications (for she also has seizures), one of those being Neurontin. She takes 14 different medications she recently told us, but we don't even know half of what they are. She recently told my husband that she would like to get off all the medicine and start over, but her doctor doesn't agree to this. We're not residing near enough to her to really get to know what is truly going on. But we do believe that some of these drugs perhaps should not be used together and that if we could share something from a different doctor in that regard, she might consider either getting a new doctor or getting help. What advice could you give based on this little bit of information? If this helps at all, sh...
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