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A REMS for Long-Acting Opioid Analgesics: Anticipated Impact on the Dual Public Health Issues of Non-Medical Use and Patient Pain Care

Aaron M. Gilson

Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Volume 39, Issue 2, February 2010, p370  

Objectives

  1. Discuss principal characteristics of the FDA's implemented REMS program.
  2. Discuss how the current REMS program is able to respond to prescription opioid medication abuse and diversion.
  3. Discuss how the current REMS program can influence legitimate prescribing of opioid medications for patient pain relief.

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