Opioid Withdrawal’s Potential CV Risk Drives Advisory Panel For Constipation Drugs
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
FDA seeks advisory committee’s advice on whether cardiovascular outcomes trials for peripherally active mu opioid receptor antagonists should be required and the timing of any such studies.
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AstraZeneca’s peripherally acting mu-opioid receptor antagonist was not associated with an increased incidence of major cardiovascular events in Phase III studies of chronic pain patients with opioid-induced constipation. An FDA advisory committee will review CV safety data for the drug class June 11-12.
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