PHILADELPHIA, May 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Ronald S. Litman, DO, ML, an anesthesiologist with the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), was recently appointed chairperson for the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee. The Committee is responsible for reviewing and evaluating the safety and effectiveness of drugs used in anesthesiology and surgery. The Committee also reviews abuse-deterrent opioids and issues related to opioid abuse, and provides advice to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs.
"It's an honor and a privilege to serve on the Committee," says Dr. Litman. "It's my hope that we can help quell the opioid epidemic in the United States by reviewing these medications and voicing our concerns before they end up in patients' hands."
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 2 million people in the United States suffer from opioid use disorder, and nearly 11-and-a-half million Americans misuse prescription opioids each year. CHOP is doing its part to help curb the opioid epidemic by taking more holistic approaches to treating patients' pain with the help of our Integrative Health Program and educating families on how to properly dispose of opioids.
About Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation's first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals, and pioneering major research initiatives, Children's Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 564-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. For more information, visit http://www.chop.edu
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