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FDA Approves New Opioid to Treat Breakthrough Pain of Cancer

Harvey Finkelstein MD

Harvey Finkelstein MD

A new treatment for the pain caused by cancer has just been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use by adults who are ‘opioid-tolerant.’

The drug is known as Fentanyl (Abstral) and is administered in tablet form. It is to be used to manage “breakthrough” pain which appears suddenly and only requires short-term but high-dose treatment to control, as opposed to the constant, lower-dose opioid treatment which is part of the patient’s regular pharmaceutical regimen for pain management.

Specialists in pain management, treatment and control, such as Dr. Harvey Finkelstein M.D., who wish to prescribe this medication to their patients, will need to enroll in a special government program called the Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategy (REMS) which was developed to minimize incorrect use of this powerful pain medication.