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FDA unveils safety measures for opioid painkillers

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(AP) — Drugmakers that market powerful painkiller medications will be required to fund training programs to help U.S. doctors and other health professionals safely prescribe the drugs, which are blamed for thousands of fatal overdoses each year.

The safety plan released by the Food and Drug Administration on Monday is designed to reduce misuse and abuse of long-acting opioid pain relievers, which include forms of morphine, methadone and oxycodone. The agency’s plan mainly involves educating doctors and patients about appropriate use of the drugs.

KFWB’s Maggie McKay and Michael Shappee discuss these issues with a physician who explains the doctor perspective on the new plan.

 

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