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February 22, 2016
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Pennsylvania Department of Health Joins Other Public Health Agencies in Urging FDA to Issue Warnings for Dangerous Combination of Medications Amid Prescription Drug Overdose Crisis

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today announced it is joining city and state health directors from across the country in calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to adopt labels to explicitly warn about a dangerous combination of medications that is helping to drive the nation’s prescription drug overdose epidemic.

In a petition submitted to the FDA, health directors and commissioners from 13 cities and 17 states and territories called for a “black box warning” on opioids and benzodiazepines that states that concurrent use of both medications increases the risk of fatal overdose. Black box warnings appear on the labels of prescription drugs and call attention to serious or life-threatening risks.

“Seven people die each day from overdose in Pennsylvania; a tragic number that highlights the overdose epidemic we are currently battling,” said Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy. “I signed this petition to help bring awareness to the very real and potentially lethal danger that exists when someone takes opioids and benzodiazepines at the same time. I join my colleagues from across the country in urging the FDA to take an important step in addressing this crisis by adding black box warnings to these types of prescriptions.”

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Pennsylvania Department of Health Joins Other Public Health Agencies in Urging FDA to Issue Warnings for Dangerous Combination of Medications Amid Prescription Drug Overdose Crisis
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