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Friday, January 14, 2011

FDA Moves Against Painkillers


“The government announced Thursday that it would sharply restrict some of the nation’s most popular prescription painkillers, saying they cause many patients to poison themselves with overdoses of the drug acetaminophen. The decision by the Food and Drug Administration fell short of the ban on pills like Percocet and Vicodin recommended by an advisory panel in 2009. Instead, manufacturers of these drugs, which combine narcotics with acetaminophen, have three years to reformulate them or stop making them altogether.” (New York Times)

More government interference with the practice of medicine.

FEE Timely Classic
“The Myth of Available Pain Care” by Frank B. Fisher