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To Cut Abuse, F.D.A. Is Altering Painkiller Label Rules
New York Times

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday announced changes to the labeling requirements for long-acting painkillers, in a further effort to curb prescription drug abuse, which now takes more American lives than car accidents or gunshot wounds. Agency officials said the labeling changes, set to take effect by the end of the year, would “help improve the thoughtful prescribing of these medicines,” which include OxyContin, a highly addictive opioid that has figured prominently in the abuse epidemic. Morphine and fentanyl are other examples.

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