Jun 11, 2019 - Health

FDA to kick off meeting on high-dose opioids

The FDA today starts its two-day meeting to hash out whether it should limit or even remove high-dose opioids from the market.

The big picture: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says "higher dosages of opioids are associated with higher risk of overdose and death," and people really shouldn't take painkillers that exceed a certain limit.

  •  Some opioids, like the OxyContin 80 mg tablet, vastly exceed the CDC's suggested limit with just one pill.

Yes, but: Patients battling chronic pain are worried they will be worse off if they have taper to lower doses.

Guess who’s presenting: RADARS, which has advocated against restricting prescriptions of high-dose painkillers. Ted Cicero, a paid researcher for RADARS, will talk about "understanding opioid trajectories."

Go deeper: Watch the FDA's webcast

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