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Tue., Feb. 6, 2018 10:30am EST ·

NCPIE Joins Allied Against Opioid Abuse

NCPIE has joined leading public health organizations to launch Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA), a national education and awareness initiative to help combat the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic. AAOA brings the National Council on Patient Information and Education together with other key healthcare community stakeholders, including the Caregiver Action Network, Healthcare Distribution Alliance, Mental Health America (MHA), National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA), and the PA Foundation, to educate about the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioids.  Follow  AAOA on Twitter (@AAOA_Tweets). Look for updates as the coalition moves forward.

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Wed., Jan. 31, 2018 4:30pm EST ·

FDA takes steps to curb misuse / abuse of OTC antidiarrheal drug

FDA announced Tuesday a new action to combat the increasing problem of misuse and abuse of the OTC antidiarrheal drug loperamide. When used at very high and dangerous doses, the drug may be used by some individuals as a way to manage opioid withdrawal symptoms or to achieve the euphoric effects of opioid use. FDA is requesting that manufacturers of OTC loperamide "change the way they label and package these drugs to stem abuse and misuse that leaves us deeply concerned," FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, said.