The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed a rule banning the use of the opioid painkillers cannoli and tramadol in the United States.
The proposed rule, which was published online and will go to a vote next month, would prohibit the use in the U.S. of the two drugs, which are used to treat a wide range of chronic pain conditions, including cancer, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis.
It would also ban the manufacture, sale and use of these drugs in the country.
The drugs, approved in 2012 by the Food and Chemical Toxicology Agency (FTC), are also used to relieve symptoms associated with cancer, diabetes and AIDS.
They are commonly known as opiates.
In its proposal, the FDA says it’s considering regulations to address the risks posed by these drugs.
It notes that opioids are associated with serious adverse drug reactions, including seizures, respiratory problems and even death.
In the U, about 8.5 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, and in some cases, those conditions are fatal.
According to the National Pain Foundation, more than 4.5 billion people worldwide are estimated to have pain related to cancer or other chronic diseases, and the vast majority of those are suffering from chronic and/or chronic-type pain.
The FDA is expected to vote on the rule in February, but will then take the opportunity to address other risks, including the potential for misuse, the agency said in a statement.