Not only have those dealing withchronic conditions become addicted to painkillers due to what werelikely inappropriate prescriptions, but prescriptions often includefar more pills than necessary. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The FDA has come under bipartisan fire in recent years for itsoversight of opioids. Treatment advocates and lawmakers have blamedthe agency for turning a blind eye to the widespread abuse of prescription medication,both by approving powerful new opioids for medical use and forfailing to put in place effective rules to prevent inappropriateprescriptions.

The agency has proposed new rules that will require drugmakersto conduct studies examining the effectiveness of their medicationswhen used for chronic conditions.

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