• FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA warns of next-day impairment with sleep aid

    If you take the prescription sleeping pill Lunesta (eszopiclone) or generics, you may need to take a lower dose according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A recent study found that the medicine may still be in the body in high enough amounts the morning after taking it to impair activities that require alertness, including driving.

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  • FDA approves home-use auto-injector to treat opioid overdoses

    In April, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first home-use naloxone auto-injector, Evzio (Figure 1), for people who accidentally overdose on an opioid (narcotic). The lifesaving auto-injector allows you or a family member to quickly inject the medicine to temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose until emergency medical assistance is available. The medicine can be given to an adult or a child.

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  • Over-the-Counter Medicines

    Consumer Med Safety Announces the new Over-the-Counter Medicines, Tools and Resources Section

    All the information you need – and plenty of information you didn’t even know you needed - so you and your family use OTC medications with utmost safety.

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