Painkillers

Hydrocodone restrictions not coming soon, FDA says

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Restricting access to hydrocodone painkillers will require a lengthy process unless Congress takes action, the Food and Drug Administration recently told lawmakers.

Painkiller distribution could be curtailed

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An advisory panel has recommended making it more difficult for long-term care residents and others to receive certain painkillers. Providers criticize the proposal, saying it could leave seniors suffering for long periods.

FDA should act faster to tighten access to common painkillers, legislators say

FDA should act faster to tighten access to common painkillers, legislators say

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The Food and Drug Administration should "act without delay" in tightening access to hydrocodone painkillers such as Vicodin, Congressional lawmakers urged in a recent letter.

Painkiller restrictions may harm care, experts say

Nursing home residents could be adversely affected if proposed painkiller regulations are put in place, according to experts who spoke at a recent federal hearing. After meeting for two days last week at the Food and Drug Administration headquarters in Maryland, the panel voted 19-10 to make it tougher to access hydrocodone painkillers such as Vicodin.

Kohl painkiller bill reappears in waning days of Senate term; AHCA voices objections

Kohl painkiller bill reappears in waning days of Senate term; AHCA voices objections

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A bill meant to provide relief for nursing home residents who need painkillers would create the possibility of huge penalties for healthcare practitioners and long-term care facilities, a top lobbyist warned yesterday.

Nursing home clown robber pleads guilty to armed robbery

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The West Virginia woman who robbed a nursing home at gunpoint back in May while dressed as a clown pleaded guilty this week.

FDA endorses safety measures for long-acting opioid painkillers

Companies that manufacture opioid painkillers must underwrite training and educational programs for the physicians who prescribe them, according to a new federal safety measures announced Monday.

Alleged gun-toting clown indicted

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The latest act in an ongoing circus around a gun-toting clown who robbed a nursing home played out in federal court Tuesday.

Once again the war on drugs forgets LTC

Once again the war on drugs forgets LTC

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A proposed reclassification of painkillers is one more example of how the long-term care setting gets left out of policy discussions, and frail elders will pay the price.

Federal investigation sought to determine source of prescription pain medication shortages

Federal investigation sought to determine source of prescription pain medication shortages

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Top U.S. lawmakers are concerned that overregulation of prescription pain medications is causing an inadvertent shortage of the controlled — and often necessary — controlled substances.

Nursing home group criticizes proposed painkiller dispensing legislation

Nursing home group criticizes proposed painkiller dispensing legislation

Newly proposed legislation aimed at easing painkiller-dispensing regulations in nursing homes is being loudly condemned by the American Health Care Association.

New legislation would ease nursing home painkiller regulations

Proposed legislation would allow nursing home staff — acting on a physician's verbal instructions — to order and administer controlled medications to patients in urgent need of pain relief.

Try it: 'I don't know'

Try it: 'I don't know'

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Let's face it: Often there isn't any solid evidence as to why a resident is on a medication. Many times, they came from the previous location on a bucket load of medications and they stay on them.

Manipulating patient expectations boosts the effects of painkillers

A person's reaction to a painkiller can be influenced by how a healthcare provider manages the individual's expectations when therapy is administered, a new study finds. Pain experts say the findings could have a big impact on patient care and how drugs are tested.

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