From a note I received from several folks –
I’m writing in the hope that you’ll submit comments to FDA limiting drug manufacturers’ promotion of the long-term use of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain.
PLEASE DO THIS NOW. IT TAKES TWO MINUTES.
Here’s the link where you can submit comments:
As you may have heard, a couple of weeks ago the group Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing filed a petition with FDA. The petition will prohibit drug manufacturers’ promotion of the long-term use of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain and the medical community will be informed that this practice has not been proven safe and effective.
In the comments box, say something like:
I support PROP’s petition placing controls on drug manufacturers’ promotion of the long term use of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain. Until and unless there is sound scientific evidence of the efficacy of opioids for CNCP this promotion should be severely limited.
From PROP – “We believe that this will help reduce overprescribing of opioids. And since it’s overprescribing that’s harming pain patients and fueling the opioid addiction epidemic, the label change could help bring this public health crisis under control...This request has received support from members of Congress, including Rep. Mary Bono Mack and Hal Rogers, so we believe that FDA is paying close attention.”
You can read the petition here; and here’s a press release about the petition that was issued by Public Citizen:
FDA just started receiving comments from the public about the petition. It takes just a couple of minutes to submit comments. And just a few sentences are fine. Just make sure to state clearly in the first or second sentence that you support the petition. If you want, you’re able to upload attachments, including medical articles, newspaper stories or anything that might help you get your point across.
FDA will periodically post comments that are submitted. So far, comments opposing the petition outnumber comments supporting the petition… so PLEASE submit your comments and please ask others to submit comments too.
The petition is here.