Possible safety courses for those prescribing painkillers

RICHMOND Va. (WRIC) — The Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers should be required to take safety training courses.

A panel of FDA advisers meets next week to review risk-management plans put in place nearly four years ago to reduce misuse and abuse of long-acting painkillers, powerful opioids frequently abused for their euphoric effects.

Under the current risk programs, drug-makers fund voluntary training for physicians in safely prescribing their medications. However, many experts – including a previous panel of FDA advisers – said the measures didn’t go far enough and that physician training should be mandatory.

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