ANZCA position statement on the use of slow-release opioid preparations in the treatment of acute pain

4 Apr 2018 | Medication Safety

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) has released a position statement on the use of slow-release opioid preparations in the treatment of acute pain.

The recommendation is that slow-release opioids are not recommended for use in the management of patients with acute pain.

Mounting evidence highlights the inappropriate use of slow-release opioids for the treatment of acute pain. The recommendations in the statement are in line with the approved indications for slow-release opioids listed by regulatory authorities including the Therapeutic Goods Administration in Australia, Medsafe in New Zealand and the US Food and Drug Administration.

Read the full position statement on the ANZCA website.

Last updated 04/04/2018