Prescription Acetaminophen-Opioid Combinations: Making Pain Medicines Safer
Published Online: Friday, August 12, 2011
Sandy Kweder, deputy director of the FDA's Office of New Drugs, talks about the implications of the FDA's announcement earlier this year that all prescription combinations of opioids and acetaminophen are required to contain no more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per tablet.
Even short-term treatment with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs is associated with significant increases in bleeding and cardiovascular event risk in patients receiving antithrombotic therapy after a heart attack.
Most people hear “hospice” and think “cancer,” but many end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients also receive hospice care when their caregivers can no longer provide the medical attention they need.