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January 23, 2014

Assembly Member Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, introduced legislation that would authorize a pharmacist to dispense the narcotic antagonist naloxone hydrochloride without a prescription in California.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Assembly Member Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, on Tuesday introduced legislation that would authorize a pharmacist to dispense the narcotic antagonist naloxone hydrochloride without a prescription in California. 

Naloxone is used to treat overdoses of narcotic medications including morphine, codeine and oxycodone and works by reversing the side effects of the narcotic, such as sedation and decreased breathing rate.

October 25, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration plans to officially recommend that products containing 15 mg or less of the opioid painkiller hydrocodone be rescheduled as Schedule II controlled substances, from the current Schedule III classification. While the idea is to combat abuse and misuse of the drugs, pharmacy groups say the rescheduling would make them harder to obtain for patients who legitimately need them.

The desire to combat abuse and misuse of prescription drugs — now a worse problem in the United States than cocaine or heroin — is laudable, but unlike those two drugs, hydrocodone has a legitimate use as a painkiller, and it's the people who are using it properly and legally who will end up losing.

The Food and Drug Administration plans to officially recommend that products containing 15 mg or less of the opioid painkiller hydrocodone be rescheduled as Schedule II controlled substances, from the current Schedule III classification. While the idea is to combat abuse and misuse of the drugs, pharmacy groups say the rescheduling would make them harder to obtain for patients who legitimately need them.

October 3, 2013

A patient may be able to eat all of the ice cream he wants after having his tonsils removed, but researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit say he doesn't necessarily need a prescription to reduce post-operative pain — an over-the-counter pain reliever is just as effective.

DETROIT — A patient may be able to eat all of the ice cream he wants after having his tonsils removed, but researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit say he doesn't necessarily need a prescription to reduce post-operative pain — an over-the-counter pain reliever is just as effective.

The study released Monday found over-the-counter ibuprofen manages pain after a tonsillectomy for children and adults, as well as the prescription pain medications acetaminophen with hydrocodone and acetaminophen with codeine, which is no longer recommended for use in children.

July 29, 2013

Actavis is launching new formulations of a drug used to treat tension headaches, the company said Monday.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Actavis is launching new formulations of a drug used to treat tension headaches, the company said Monday.

The drug maker announced new formulations for Fioricet (butalbital; acetaminophen; caffeine) capsules and Fioricet with Codeine that reduce the amount of acetaminophen from 325 mg to 300 mg. Actavis said the formulation would provide a safer treatment option for patients.

August 15, 2012

Children who take a class of opioid pain relievers after certain surgeries may be at risk of death, the Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Children who take a class of opioid pain relievers after certain surgeries may be at risk of death, the Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday.

The FDA issued the warning after receiving reports of three children who died and one who experienced a life-threatening case of respiratory depression after taking codeine following tonsil- and adenoid-removal surgery.

June 28, 2012

A new continuing-education program offered by a national pharmacist professional organization aims to prepare pharmacists to communicate with patients about the safe and effective use of the painkiller acetaminophen.

WASHINGTON — A new continuing-education program offered by a national pharmacist professional organization aims to prepare pharmacists to communicate with patients about the safe and effective use of the painkiller acetaminophen.

The American Pharmacists Association said its new CE program would allow pharmacists to outline the Food and Drug Administration's recent advisory panel meetings on the drug, communicate with patients about its appropriate use, and engage consumers in dialogue and such activities as reading labels of products containing acetaminophen.

November 14, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic drug for treating pain.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic drug for treating pain.

Qualitest Pharmaceuticals announced Monday the approval of acetaminophen and codeine phosphate oral solution in the 120-mg/12-mg-per-5-mL strength.

Sales for acetaminophen and codeine phosphate oral solution for $4.3 million during the 12-month period ended in September, according to IMS Health.