The FDA announced yesterday that it's requesting feedback on requiring certain opioids to be made available in "blister packs," which would include a limited number of pills.

How it works: The goal is to reduce the number of opioid pills prescribed, especially in situations when the typical 30-pill prescription is probably unnecessary.

  • The agency asked for feedback on which opioid medications make sense to be packaged this way, and what the appropriate number of pills to include in each pack is.

What they're saying: "Patients are often prescribed significantly more opioid pills than they actually use following surgical procedures or other acute pain conditions for which opioids are prescribed," acting FDA commissioner Ned Sharpless said.

  • "This excess supply of opioids provides opportunities for misuse, abuse, overdose and development of addiction."

Go deeper: The hot spots of the opioid epidemic

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 31,444,163 — Total deaths: 967,305— Total recoveries: 21,551,157Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 6,889,086 — Total deaths: 200,641 — Total recoveries: 2,615,974 — Total tests: 95,846,925Map.
  3. Health: The U.S. reaches 200,000 coronavirus deaths — The CDC's crumbling reputation — America turns against coronavirus vaccine.
  4. Politics: Elected officials are failing us on much-needed stimulus.
  5. Business: Two-thirds of business leaders think pandemic will lead to permanent changes — Fed chair warns economy will feel the weight of expired stimulus.
  6. Sports: NFL fines maskless coaches.

House Democrats, Trump administration strike deal to avert government shutdown

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images

House Democrats have reached a deal with the Trump administration on legislation to fund the government through Dec. 11, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: The deal will avert a government shutdown when funding expires in eight days. Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said earlier that they hoped to hold a vote on the legislation on Tuesday evening.

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Trump says he will announce Supreme Court pick on Saturday

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President Trump tweeted Tuesday that he plans to announce his Supreme Court pick on Saturday. He later told reporters that the announcement will come at 5 p.m.

Why it matters: Republicans are moving fast to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which would tilt the balance of the high court in conservatives' favor and have lasting impact on climate policy, immigration and the Affordable Care Act.

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