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FDA identifies harm reported from sudden discontinuation of opioid pain medicines and requires label changes to guide prescribers on gradual, individualized tapering.
Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; April 9, 2019.
Efforts to address the opioid epidemic range from regulation to changes in pain management. This safety announcement raises awareness of potential harms associated with rapidly decreasing the dose of or discontinuing opioids for patients who may be physically dependent on the medication. It also announces a requirement regarding changes to prescribing information for opioids to provide expanded guidance on how to safely taper doses. Health care providers should discuss tapering plans with patients and provide ongoing monitoring and support.
Journal Article > Government Resource
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2007;56:1-4.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigated adverse events related to cough and cold medications in infants. The investigation found three instances in which these medications were considered the underlying cause of death.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Patient Safety News. Show #59. January 2007.
This video segment warns about potential dosing errors for an epileptic seizure treatment due to equipment design and provides instructions to minimize user error.
Tools/Toolkit > Government Resource
Huntington Valley, PA: Institute for Safe Medication Practices.
This Web site includes tools to help raise awareness about potential medication errors associated with using certain abbreviations. The tools are made available by Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as part of their national educational effort to eliminate the use of these abbreviations.