Lollies as Medicine
Lollies, lolly pops, or whatever you want to call them, are sweet, long-lasting, hard candy treats. But according to a "Lollipop for pain" article in the Detroit News, lollies will now be used for pain prevention, too.
The article states that cancer patients taking narcotics will soon have a tastier way to treat severe pain: raspberry lollies that deliver an opioid more powerful than morphine.
The Food and Drug Administration approved a product called Actiq for cancer patients experiencing sudden pain against which oral narcotics aren't effective. Actiq's active ingredient is fentanyl citrate, a potent narcotic, which is delivered in a sugar-flavored lozenge.
We know that lollies take a while to consume, and that's what apparently
attracted doctors to this unique delivery system. Patients suck on the
spiked hard candy until the medicine is consumed, which takes about 15
minutes. Pain relief starts almost immediately and lasts for several hours.
Don't look for these lollies at your local pharmacy, though. Because the active ingredient in the lollipops is particularly strong and can have serious side effects, the FDA required makers of the lollies to take special precautions. Doctors and patients' families will receive strong warnings, and the potent pops come in a locked pack. Due to the potential appeal to children confusing the drug with candy, prescriptions are accompanied by a medicine chest lock. The lolly pops will further be put in childproof packages that require scissors to open. And, lest a child pick up a partially consumed lolly, a disposal container is also provided.
Here at Candy Gift Ideas, we like the idea of lollies as medicine, but we like the normal, tasty kind - even without potent narcotics, they are ideal for stress relief! Try a long-lasting gourmet lollipop, and see if you don't agree!
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