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FDA external report recommends actions to address US opioid crisis

February 20, 2023


More than 107,000 Americans died from a drug overdose in 2021, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of which over 70,000 were as a result of using synthetic opioids containing fentanyl.

The External Review of FDA Regulation of Opioid Analgesics Final Report analysed the FDA’s implementation of the 2017 National Academies for Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s (NASEM) recommendations – a project also related to opioid prescribing issues – along with key regulatory policies and decisions.

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