New painkiller approved for cancer patients


Today, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new painkiller called Onsolis. It's an absorbable film that you stick to the inside of your cheek and it delivers a potent dose of fentanyl. The FDA approved the opioid pain reliever specifically for breakthrough -- severe, but short-lived -- pain that patients experience despite round-the-clock use of other pain medications. There's also some pretty tough restrictions on getting access to Onsolis -- patients have to be counseled by phone before they receive the drug, which is then sent directly to the patient's home.Check out the approval and distribution details from the FDA.

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