FDA Works to Reduce Risk of Opioid Pain Relievers

There are powerful medicines called opioids that can help manage chronic pain when prescribed for the right condition and when used properly. But when prescribed by physicians to patients who should not receive them, or when used improperly or for recreational purposes, they can cause serious harm, including overdose and death. To reduce these risks, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a risk management plan for a class of opioid medications used to treat moderate to severe chronic pain. This plan is designed to ensure that health care professionals are trained on how to properly prescribe these medicines and how to instruct their patients about using them safely. Learn more about how patients will benefit from this training available to their health care professionals, and from an updated medication guide that explains in plain language the risks and benefits of these medications.
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