Unit-dose packaging reduces accidental pediatric overdoses

31 May 2018

A study in the June 2018 issue of Pediatrics, "Unit-Dose Packaging and Unintentional Buprenorphine-Naloxone Exposures," evaluates the impact of unit-dose packaging on unintentional childhood buprenorphine-naloxone poisonings. Researchers examined more than 6,000 children under age 6 experiencing accidental buprenorphine exposure. Researchers found that 80% of manufacturers now use unit-dose packaging and that the packaging change resulted in a two-thirds reduction in buprenorphine exposure and poisonings in children. The authors conclude that unit-dose packaging should be the standard packaging system to prevent accidental exposure (Healthychildren.org, 3 May 2018).
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