The Food and Drug Administration has released the final form of its Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies, or REMS, for extended-release and long-acting opioids. The 20 companies that manufacture these drugs, whose misuse and abuse of ER/LA opioids has become so widespread that related overdoses, addiction, and deaths now constitute a public health crisis, are now required to educate prescribers on their appropriate use. The final REMS includes the “Blueprint for Prescriber ...

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