A new Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) will aim to reduce the misuse of long-acting opioid pain meds (OxyContin, etc)

A new Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) will aim to reduce the misuse of long-acting opioid pain meds (OxyContin, etc).

Unintentional deaths due to opioids have quadrupled in 8 years...and treatment for opioid abuse has increased five-fold in 10 years.

Now FDA will require manufacturers to come up with a REMS plan by mid-August...with the changes rolled out by early 2012.

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