News Release

Mallinckrodt Recognizes Patient Safety Awareness Week, Endorses Multimodal Analgesia Approach to Minimize Opioid Overuse in Hospital Acute Pain Management

CHESTERFIELD, United Kingdom - March 17, 2016 - Mallinckrodt plc (NYSE: MNK), a leading global specialty biopharmaceutical company, today announced its support of Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 13-19, 2016, and called for greater awareness of potential risks of the overreliance on opioids in the treatment of acute pain in U.S. hospitals.

Patient Safety Awareness Week is designed to increase awareness about patient safety concerns - including safe and responsible use of medications - among healthcare professionals and the public as a program of the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), an independent, non-profit organization that works to advance patient safety and keep patients and healthcare professionals who care for them free from harm.

"At Mallinckrodt, we are committed to efforts that foster a healthcare environment that supports keeping patients safe and free from harm," said Steve Romano, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer. "Patient Safety Awareness Week provides an important opportunity to raise awareness of how a multimodal analgesia approach - starting with non-opioid medications and minimizing or avoiding, if possible, opioid use - may provide a better way to help manage acute pain in hospitals. We applaud NPSF efforts in creating a platform that helps elevate critical dialogue on such patient safety issues."

Acute pain, which usually begins suddenly and lasts a short time, affects people of all ages.1 Causes may include surgery, broken bones, dental work, burns or cuts, labor and childbirth.2 More than 80% of patients report pain after surgery, and 86% of these patients report moderate, severe or extreme pain.3 Postoperative pain is the primary concern of most patients prior to surgery1 and pain is a major component of the recovery process.4

Still, more than 7 out of 10 hospitalized patients treated with intravenous (IV) analgesia receive IV opioids alone, 5 and while opioids can play an important role in acute and chronic pain treatment, the overuse of opioids in acute pain management in the hospital setting can present safety risks. Specifically:

  • An overreliance on opioids alone or opioid monotherapy in hospitals is associated with serious adverse drug events,6,7,8 including respiratory depression and death, falls, sedation, delirium and bowel obstructions2,9,10 for all patients but in particular for certain patient groups, including the elderly, children, critically ill patients, and people who are obese, smoke, who have chronic sleep apnea, who have no recent opioid use and post-surgical patients.11
  • Safety risks associated with abuse, addiction and diversion continue to be a significant public safety concern.12,13
  • Unintended consequences of opioid overuse in hospitals is associated with increased costs to the healthcare system, including extended hospital length of stay and readmissions requiring a greater burden of care.14,15,16

The use of a multimodal analgesia approach to pain treatment - one that uses non-opioid pain medicines in conjunction with lesser amounts of or without opioids - can help reduce potential associated unintended consequences.6,17,18,19,20 Safe and effective pain management is important - and should be individualized - for every patient, and Mallinckrodt supports this individualized, multimodal approach to treat acute pain in hospitals.

As part of Patient Safety Awareness Week, Mallinckrodt is hosting an educational webinar for healthcare professionals "The Use of Multimodal Analgesia in Treating Acute Pain: A Focus on Quality of Patient Care." The webinar will address unmet needs in acute pain management including the use of non-opioids as a foundation of multimodal analgesia and the importance of the patient experience in the era of HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems).

Learn more about Patient Safety Awareness Week at

Mallinckrodt is a global business that develops, manufactures, markets and distributes specialty pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical products and therapies, as well as nuclear imaging products. Areas of focus include autoimmune and rare diseases in specialty areas like neurology, rheumatology, nephrology and pulmonology; immunotherapy and neonatal respiratory critical care therapies; analgesics and hemostasis products; and central nervous system drugs. The company's core strengths include the acquisition and management of highly regulated raw materials, and specialized chemistry, formulation and manufacturing capabilities. The company's Specialty Brands segment includes branded medicines; its Specialty Generics segment includes specialty generic drugs, active pharmaceutical ingredients and external manufacturing; and the Nuclear Imaging segment includes nuclear imaging agents. To learn more about Mallinckrodt, visit

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Rhonda Sciarra
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Meredith Fischer
Senior Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs

Investor Relations
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