"That's why we have to respond to it and make sure that we make it as hard as possible for people to abuse this over the counter medicine", she said, adding that Imodium is totally safe is taken as directed and at this point, there's no effort out there to make people show an ID to get the drug over the counter or for it to require a prescription. The FDA stated on Tuesday it sent letters to producers of nausea medication loperamide, asking them to ensure that bundles comprise only a minimal amount of the drug that's suitable for use for short-term nausea. The agency also wants makers to use "unit dose packaging", such as blister packs that must be individually unpeeled per dosage.
FDA previously issued a Drug Safety Communication about this safety concern in 2016, and added warnings about serious heart problems to the drug label of prescription loperamide and to the Drug Facts label of OTC loperamide products. In cases of abuse, individuals often use other drugs together with loperamide in attempts to increase its absorption and penetration across the blood-brain barrier, inhibit loperamide metabolism, and enhance its euphoric effects. If you're selling a drug with the potential for abuse and misuse through an online website, you're no longer in the business of selling widgets, or books. The FDA can be requesting trusted online retailers which promote loperamide to take voluntary actions to tackle the matter.
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Marraffa said the FDA's action is a good first step, but won't entirely solve the problem because it's easy to buy hundreds of loperamide pills online.
Maraffa would like to see regulators move loperamide behind the counter so consumers have to ask pharmacists for it. Six empty boxes of an anti-diarrhea medication were found at the scene. Similar restrictions have been placed on over-the-counter medications containing pseudoephedrine, which can be used to make methamphetamine. A police investigation indicated he had been using the drug to self-treat opioid withdrawal; authorities couldn't determine whether he died of an abnormal heart rhythm or breathing problems.
The second case involved a 39-year-old man with a history of opioid addiction who collapsed at home.