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Medical News & Perspectives
September 26, 2012

Petition Targets Painkiller Marketing in Effort to Curb Overdose Deaths

JAMA. 2012;308(12):1194-1196. doi:10.1001/2012.jama.11248

As the number of deaths in the United States involving overdoses of prescription opioid medications continues a decade-long increase, a multidisciplinary group of clinicians is calling on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to revise the labels of these drugs. They argue that aggressive marketing of painkillers for chronic noncancer pain has contributed to this ongoing public health crisis, despite limited evidence supporting the safety and efficacy of these medications for patients with chronic noncancer pain.