FDA Puts Black Box On Immediate-Release Opioids To Warn Of Abuse Risk

(March 22, 2016, 1:47 PM EDT) -- SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on March 22 said it will require a black box warning about the serious risk of abuse on all immediate-release opioid prescription pain drugs, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine.

Immediate-release opioids are intended to be taken by patients every four to six hours. In 2013, extended-release or long-acting opioids got a class-wide black box warning about abuse.

The FDA said the new black box warning for immediate-release opioids will warn about the serious risks of misuse,...
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