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FDA Strengthens Warning on Combining Benzos and Opioids

The FDA expanded its warnings against using opioids and benzodiazepines concomitantly. This action is based on new information on three specific opioids—buprenorphine, buprenorphine-naloxone and methadone, which are typically prescribed for the treatment of opioid use disorder—and the risk for respiratory depression when these drugs are used with benzodiazepines or other central nervous system (CNS) depressants.

According to the FDA alert, “the combined use of these drugs increases the risk of serious side effects; however, the harm caused by untreated opioid addiction usually outweighs these risks. Careful medication management by health care professionals can reduce these risks.”

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House votes to expand veterans’ access to private care

House lawmakers on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed legislation expanding veterans’ access to private care at taxpayer expense, a campaign promise of President Donald Trump, and adding more money to the “Choice program” weeks before VA officials said it could run out of money.

The $51 billion plan that passed 347-70 Wednesday includes $5.2 billion for the VA Choice program that funds private care. VA officials have warned that the program could run out of money as early as the end of the month, disrupting care for patients.

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