The FDA has announced a public hearing and has requested comments on the subject of the use of opioid drugs in the treatment of chronic pain.
The public hearing will be held on February 7 and 8, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bethesda, Maryland. There will be a live Web cast of the hearing. Information on how to view the live Web cast will be located at: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/NewsEvents/ucm326450.htm .
In addition to the public hearing, the FDA is requesting electronic or written comments on the subject. Comments will be accepted until April 8, 2013.
This is our chance to have our voices heard by the people who are making the decisions!
Some of the issues they will be considering include:
Should opioids only be prescribed for “severe” pain?
Should there be a maximum daily dose allowed for opioids?
Should there be a limit on the number of days or months a patient can be prescribed a particular opioid?
Should opioid dosage vary depending ...
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