Pain Medication Being Taken off the Market?

Has anyone heard of the FDA or some Federal Watchdog taking pain medications off the market? To include long acting opiods and fentynl patches and a lot of other pain meds that I'm sure cancer patients use.

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The only thing I have heard about is the FDA pulled some fentynl patches due to a manufacturing issue and the patches were too potent. I follow the FDA recalls and haven't seen anything else about pain meds.

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There is absolutely no way that this ever could or would happen. Don't believe everything you hear!

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The only thing I ever heard about were some Fentanyl patches being recalled ..... but that was only because they were defective. They were too potent and people were overdosing on them .... I think there might have been a few deaths.

Cheryl

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Actully my info came from the American Pain association. Said the FDA is looking into pulling some pain meds. Long term ones fentnyl ect. I suppose we will see. I cant believe they could get away with that in this day and age. Besides the drug companies would loose money and that wont do.

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They would never be able to do that, too many people rely on them and are addicted to them even though they are legal people need them for pain, so this will not happen no way. maybe some drugs were pulled but here would be another kind to replace it, the department of health is the government and they do not tolerate it when patients are in pain, they want answers right away when a patient is denied pain medication, especially with cancer, so don't worry about losing our medications, not a chance.
Sandy

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Guess I gotta chime in here.

We suffered some extremely painful hardship when oxycodone HCL instantly became extinct in all strengths, some of which my pt was using for breakthrough pain.

Nobody worries too much about addiction in terminal patients... until a med becomes unavailable.

As if chemo, radiation and vertebral degeneration aren't enough, we have to deal with occasional shortages in crucial pain meds, too?

Here's casting my own personal curse against cancer, the business of pharmacology, while blessing that industry at the same time for offering the only pain relief available.

Damned if we use what's available now, and damned if we don't.

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Fentenyl was recalled last year and the problem was fixed, but I have heard nothing about its being taken off the market. Opiods are staying as well (IMHO). My sister would be in a Psych ward if they took that stuff off the market.

If anything is done, it might be to warn MDs not to prescribe that stuff unless that patient absolutely has to have it. If that happens, it will be because of the Heath Ledger overdose

Dick

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Hi
Hopefully this will shed some light on this discussion. I am an advocate for the American Pain Foundation and I received the notification on this topic. I do NOT think that the drugs are going to be taken off the market at all. This was pretty much an open meeting to discuss the dangers of certain opioid drugs, etc.
Here's the link to the docket from the initial meetings.

http://www.fda.gov/OHRMS/DOCKETS/98fr/E9-8992.htm

I hope this helps~

Warmly
Christine

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How would you know if you are taking too much? Or if yur body has developed a tolerance or addiction to the pain meds? I can hardly get a straight answer from anyone, not even my pain Dr.

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I did have a problem getting Oxycodone & Hydrocodone for my husband. Pharmacy said they were having a problem getting them. My husband really needed pain meds to be able to eat due to pain from radiation. Had to call around each time to find Pharmacy that had them. Did not have a problem getting Fentanyl Patches. It's a shame that people abuse them and sell them on the streets making it difficult for Patients who really need them.

One girl running the register really made me mad when she told me they didn't have any of these pain meds and she did not know when they would get any not bothering to help find any available. She looked at me like I was a drug abuser. If she only knew what my husband was going through.

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Wanda,
Pain meds should be used to control pain. If you are taking them and still having intolerable pain, you are not taking enough. If you take them and get oversedated or have respiratory depression, you are taking too much. It is very individualized therapy. Our bodies to develop a tolerance to pain meds, which means we have to take more medication to achieve the same level of pain control. This is totally natural. Most people develop a dependence on pain meds, this just means that our bodies need the medication to maintain a decent quality of life and function. If the med is cut off at this point, withdrawal will occur. Addiction is more of a psychological phenomenon. That is when people start drug seeking behavior, lying to drs for meds, forging rxs, etc. It is my understanding that people with true pain issues become dependent, but not necessarily addicted.
Please pardon some retail pharmacy personnel, they deal with so many folks trying to pull a fast one to get drugs. It can cause them to be jaded...not an excuse, I know...just a little insight into their perspective.
Tracey

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Hi,
I am a Pharmacy Technician in Ontario and haven't heard anything about Fentanyl patches or LA Opoids being pulled off the market. (I know that some brands of these products were recalled, but that was due to product integrety).
I am sure that if they were to pull these medications off the market that they would have good reason (people suffering adverse effects which is causing fatalities) otherwise they would just put out an advisory on the product. They know that people are using this medication legitimatley not just abusers looking for a high.

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