Tag Archives: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT: Using Real Time Data and Education to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has declared that the United States is in the midst of an epidemic of prescription drug overdose deaths. Deaths from prescription drugs now outnumber deaths from heroin and cocaine combined. Over the past decade, prescription drug-induced deaths have approached motor vehicle deaths as the leading cause of all injury […]

FDA Releases Final Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) for Extended Release/Long Acting Opioids Including a Prescriber Education Program

After three years of work the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its final Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) for extend-release (ER) and long-acting (LA) opioid medications.   This is the first time that the FDA has mandated a class wide REMS and much of what is recommended will be looked at closely for future […]

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