FDA Expands Indications for Relistor
September 29, 2014 – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new indication for Relistor (methylnaltrexone) subcutaneous injection manufactured by Salix Pharmaceuticals. Originally, Relistor was approved only for opioid-induced constipation when laxative therapy did not work for patients receiving palliative care for advanced illness. Relistor is now approved to treat all patients who have constipation as a result of taking opioids.
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