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FDA fast forwards approval of device to reverse opioid overdoses

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With the wide acceptances of the use of drugs in today society, the rate of deaths from drugs has risen, as has the overdosing from not only hard drugs but from prescription drugs. Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new device to give emergency medication to reverse the effects of overdosing on painkillers known as opioid. The device, Evzio, will rapidly deliver a dose of naloxone through a hand-held automatic injector that will provide verbal instructions, the device is small enough for family members or caregiver can carry it in their pocket.

The taking of opioids, a group of drugs that include heroin and many forms of prescription painkillers, has caused more deaths in the United States today than car crashes and murder. The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported last April that close to 80 percent of people who use heroin, started with the illegal use of prescription pain killers.

Evzio, the first combination drug-device product, is designed to deliver a dose of naloxone by injection into the muscle or under the skin, for administration outside of a health care setting but it is not a substitute for immediate medical care. The device will be available in June at pharmacies and will require a prescription.



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