West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is joining others in seeking a "black box" warning on all opioid-based prescription pain pills to alert pregnant women of the risks associated with the medicine.
Morrisey and attorneys general from 42 other states and territories wrote a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday addressing the need for women to understand newborns exposed to opioids or other drugs in the womb are at risk of developing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome can include "problems with an infant's autonomic nervous system, respiratory system and gastrointestinal tract. Signs of NAS include abnormal sleep pattern, tremors, vomiting, high-pitched crying, irritability, hyperactivity, seizures, weight loss and failure to gain weight," according to the release.
Boxed warnings on a prescription drug's label are designed to call attention to serious or life-threatening risks. The letter requests the FDA add the warnings to alert women of the risks associated with the narcotic.