Sen. Manchin sends letter urging FDA to adopt 3 opioid policy changes

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WDTV) -- Senator Joe Manchin has sent a letter to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, asking him to adopt three policy changes through the Opioid Policy Steering Committee in order to reduce the number of opioid medications available.

The first policy change mentioned in the letter is one that requires mandatory and continuing education for healthcare providers that prescribe opioids.

The second policy change involves the FDA seeking the guidance of the Advisory Committee and reviewing all opioids on the market to determine whether a medication’s risks outweigh its benefits.

The third and final policy change Manchin wishes for Gottlieb to adopt is one that removing one or more older opioids from the market, particularly those that are not crush-resistant and are more easily abused.

To read Manchin’s full letter, you can click on the Related Link.