Title

Pain cocktails: survey of formulations used in US hospitals.

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

4-1-1986

Abstract

Brompton's cocktail is an oral formulation used widely for intractable pain associated with cancer. In the United States, however, formulations are not standard, and questions concerning the efficacy and safety of some ingredients have been raised. Hospitals were surveyed to determine the formulation of Brompton's cocktail used, how the cocktail is compounded, and who is responsible for deciding on the pain cocktail formula. Controversy surrounding the use of cocaine as an ingredient is discussed, and problems with dating of formulations are described. P & T Committees are encouraged to review the literature concerning pain cocktail formulations and reevaluate the use of pain cocktails within their own institutions.

Publication Title

Hospital formulary

Volume

21

Issue

4

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