Makers of fast-acting opioids will have to pay for training, FDA says

Makers of fast-acting opioids will have to fund voluntary training for healthcare professionals who prescribe the drugs, including education on safe prescribing practices and non-opioid alternatives, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Thursday.

The FDA sent letters to 74 manufacturers of immediate-release opioids, notifying them that they will have to fund the development of courses for doctors, nurses and pharmacists, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.

President Donald Trump and Gottlieb have promised to reduce opioid abuse in the United States, which has become a public health crisis that kills more than 100 Americans daily.

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