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Billionaire founder of Insys pleads not guilty to opioid bribe scheme
BOSTON (Reuters) - The billionaire founder of drugmaker Insys Therapeutics Inc pleaded not guilty to charges that he participated in a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe a fentanyl-based spray intended for cancer patients. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Drug squad officer dies of fentanyl overdose, leaving police with 'more questions than answers'
Toronto police issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying a constable with the drug squad died of a fentanyl overdose back in April. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Drug squad officer dies of fentanyl overdose, leaving Toronto police with 'more questions than answers'
Toronto police issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying a constable with the drug squad died of a fentanyl overdose back in April. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Toronto police criticized for not disclosing drug squad officer's fentanyl overdose sooner
Toronto police issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying a constable with the drug squad died of a fentanyl overdose back in April. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Fentanyl Billionaire John Kapoor To Plead Not Guilty In Opioid Kickback Case
Fentanyl billionaire John Kapoor is set to plead not guilty this morning on charges of racketeering, mail fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to violate the anti-kickback law. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 16, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Michela Tindera, Forbes Staff Source Type: news

Billionaire founder of Insys to plead not guilty to opioid bribe scheme
BOSTON (Reuters) - The billionaire founder of Insys Therapeutics Inc was expected to appear in federal court in Boston on Thursday to plead not guilty to charges that he participated in a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe a fentanyl-based cancer pain drug. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Strategies to combat the opioid epidemic
(American Chemical Society) The opioid epidemic is ravaging lives and tearing families apart. Overdose deaths from heroin, fentanyl and misused prescription painkillers have tripled in the past 15 years. Chemical& Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, explores how abuse-deterring and novel formulations for painkillers in addition to crime-fighting tools to quickly identify opioids could help curb the crisis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Untried and unethical: why Nevada's new lethal injection crosses a line
As more drug companies prevent sales of their products for execution, some US states have seized on new, untried drug combinations – raising big ethical issuesToday, Scott Raymond Dozier was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection in Nevada ’s Ely State Prison. However, the execution has been postponed over concerns around the untested drug combination proposed as the method of death. The postponement is the latest incident in a series of controversial state executions carried out in the United States this year, and brings to the for eground many concerns and ethical issues around state execution – n...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 14, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Kathryn Harkup Tags: Science Capital punishment Drugs Chemistry World news US news Florida Ethics Source Type: news

OPEN ACCESS REFERENCES: Fall ‘17
Conclusions: Nearly 1 out of 8 parents presenting to an urban pediatric ED reported using the Internet in the 24 hours prior to the ED visit. Among privately insured, at least one in 5 parents reported using the Internet prior to visiting the ED. Web-based medical information often influences decision making regarding ED utilization. Pediatric providers should provide parents with recommendations for high-quality sources of health information available on the Internet. (Interact J Med Res 2017;6(2):e17) doi:10.2196/ijmr.5075 Quest Diagnostics Health Trends™ Prescription Drug Monitoring Report 2017 . Wale, et al, Int...
Source: Society for Participatory Medicine - November 13, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: Nanette Mattox Tags: Newsletter Source Type: news

'It's going to save lives': Drug testing machine to be piloted in Vancouver amid overdose crisis
A portable machine will be used in conjunction with fentanyl test strips to check drugs for a wide range of contaminants at Insite and Powell Street Getaway, two safe injection sites in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside neighbourhood. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Is Fentanyl On Shopping Cart Handles Really A Problem?
A warning on a police department Facebook site about fentanyl, the potent opioid that is 40 to 50 times stronger than heroin, on shopping cart handles caused a stir. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 10, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

Can you overdose from fentanyl left on shopping carts?
A warning about the dangers of drug residue on shopping carts went viral — but experts were quick to cast doubt on the claim (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - November 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Feds announce new measures to crack down on fentanyl
The new actions come after the president's declaration that the nation's opioid crisis is a public health emergency (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - November 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. drug agency to toughen stance on illicit fentanyl analogues
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said on Thursday that it would classify illicit versions of the synthetic opioid fentanyl at the same level as heroin, allowing criminal prosecution of anyone who possesses, distributes or manufactures illicit versions of the drug. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

DEA cracking down on fake fentanyl traffickers
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is making it easier for prosecutors to go after people who create and peddle illicit versions of the deadly opioid fentanyl (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

DOJ, DEA on flow of Fentanyl into U.S., rise in opioid-related deaths
The new actions come after the president's declaration that the nation's opioid crisis is a public health emergency (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - November 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. drug agency to toughen stance on illicit fentanyl
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced on Thursday it will schedule all illicit versions of fentanyl on an emergency basis, making it easier for prosecutors to go after criminals who try to circumvent the law by manipulating the chemical structure of opioid drugs. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

'This is why so many people are dying': Data show dramatic rise in street drugs testing positive for fentanyl
The number of positive tests for fentanyl in samples of street drugs seized by law enforcement agencies across Canada has grown at a rate of more than 2,000 per cent over five years, according to exclusive data obtained by CBC News. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

'If it hasn't happened ... it's coming': Mothers of addicts urge radical approach to fentanyl crisis
If the latest numbers don't provide enough motivation to address the fentanyl crisis — 989 dead in British Columbia this year alone from illicit drug overdoses — Kathy Wagner hopes her son's story will. She and three other mothers are proposing a radical solution to the devastating toll fentanyl-laced drugs are having on addicts and their loved ones. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada Source Type: news

Dilaudid vs. Fentanyl (Strength Comparison and Side Effects)
Title: Dilaudid vs. Fentanyl (Strength Comparison and Side Effects)Category: MedicationsCreated: 11/6/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 11/8/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Cancer General)
Source: MedicineNet Cancer General - November 8, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Dilaudid vs. Fentanyl (Pain Strength Comparison and Side Effects)
Title: Dilaudid vs. Fentanyl (Pain Strength Comparison and Side Effects)Category: MedicationsCreated: 11/6/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 11/8/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Cancer General)
Source: MedicineNet Cancer General - November 8, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Early breastfeeding success not affected by epidural pain relief with fentanyl
(American Society of Anesthesiologists) Including the opioid fentanyl in the solution used to maintain an epidural during childbirth does not appear to affect the success of breastfeeding six weeks after delivery, according to a study published in Anesthesiology, the peer-reviewed medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New Resources for the Opioid Crisis
Opiates are chemicals that come from the poppy flower. A synthetic form, opioids, are used in medications. On October 26, 2017, Acting Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Eric D. Hargan declared a public health emergency to address the national opioid crisis. A public health emergency declaration lasts for 90 days and can be extended. Recently the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis released a report that includes 56 recommendations for action. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has compiled a list of resources that provide authoritative information on the opioid cr...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - November 7, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Consumer Health Education Health Professionals K-12 News from NLM/NIH Public Health Source Type: news

Deaths involving fentanyl, fentanyl analogs, and U-47700 - 10 states, July-December 2016 - O'Donnell JK, Halpin J, Mattson CL, Goldberger BA, Gladden RM.
Preliminary estimates of U.S. drug overdose deaths exceeded 60,000 in 2016 and were partially driven by a fivefold increase in overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids (excluding methadone), from 3,105 in 2013 to approximately 20,000 in 2016 (1,2). Illi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

China Disputes Trump's Claims Of Fentanyl'Flood' Into United States
Law enforcement agencies and drug control experts say most of the fentanyl distributed in the U.S., as well as precursor chemicals, originate from China. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

China downplays role in US opioid epidemic
Chinese authorities on Friday pushed back at allegations that China is the main source of fentanyl, a cheap synthetic opioid at least 50 times stronger than heroin, flooding into the United States. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

China disputes Trump's claims of fentanyl 'flood' into United States
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's drug control agency disputed on Friday U.S. President Donald Trump's claim that most of the synthetic drug fentanyl at the heart of the U.S. opioid crisis was produced in China. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

China disputes Trump's claim of 'flood' of fentanyl into US
A Chinese official disputed President Donald Trump's claim that the opioid flooding the U.S. is mostly produced in China (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

China disputes Trump claim of 'flood' of fentanyl to US
A Chinese official is disputing President Donald Trump's claim that the deadly opioid fentanyl produced in China is flooding into the U.S. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Chemists develop method to quickly screen, accurately identify fentanyl
(McMaster University) Researchers at McMaster University have developed a new drug screening technique that could lead to the rapid and accurate identification of fentanyl, as well as a vast number of other drugs of abuse, which up until now have been difficult to detect by traditional urine tests. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 3, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Deaths Involving Fentanyl, Fentanyl Analogs, and U-47700 — 10 States, July–December 2016
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - November 2, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Best Practices for Controlled Substance Monitoring
Toward a new best practice for controlled substance monitoring Of all the things we do in EMS, there aren't all that many opportunities to make a difference each day. Many of our patients need little more than transport to an ED, whether for primary care or chronic medical problems. Thus, when any of us gets the chance to administer morphine or fentanyl to a patient with third-degree burns, or to push midazolam in a case of status epilepticus, or to use an induction agent like ketamine for a difficult airway, we may just get to make a difference. We may feel a sense of gratitude, too, for our ability to use those controlle...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: William Gleason, EMT-P Tags: Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

Best Practices for Controlled Substance Monitoring
Toward a new best practice for controlled substance monitoring Of all the things we do in EMS, there aren't all that many opportunities to make a difference each day. Many of our patients need little more than transport to an ED, whether for primary care or chronic medical problems. Thus, when any of us gets the chance to administer morphine or fentanyl to a patient with third-degree burns, or to push midazolam in a case of status epilepticus, or to use an induction agent like ketamine for a difficult airway, we may just get to make a difference. We may feel a sense of gratitude, too, for our ability to use those controlle...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - November 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: William Gleason, EMT-P Tags: Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

Ohio AG gives McKesson, others 30 days to be 'part of the solution' on addictive opioids
Ohio's attorney general fired off letters to the CEOs of five makers of pain-killing opioid drugs and the leaders of other healthcare companies, including San Francisco-based wholesaler McKesson Corp., to force accountability for the state's opioid epidemic. Attorney General Mike DeWine's letters Monday aren't the first moves aimed at rolling back addiction to opioids, a class of drugs that includes prescription painkillers, such as oxycodone, and the street-level drugs heroin and fentanyl. Various… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - November 1, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

Ohio AG gives McKesson, others 30 days to be 'part of the solution' on addictive opioids
Ohio's attorney general fired off letters to the CEOs of five makers of pain-killing opioid drugs and the leaders of other healthcare companies, including San Francisco-based wholesaler McKesson Corp., to force accountability for the state's opioid epidemic. Attorney General Mike DeWine's letters Monday aren't the first moves aimed at rolling back addiction to opioids, a class of drugs that includes prescription painkillers, such as oxycodone, and the street-level drugs heroin and fentanyl. Various… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 1, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders
White House. 10/28/2017 This one-page document provides unified, scientific, evidence-based recommendations to first responders so they can protect themselves when the presence of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is suspected during the course of their daily activities such as responding to overdose calls and conducting traffic stops, arrests, and searches. The recommendations cover actions first responders can take to protect themselves from exposure, when exposure occurs, and when they or their partners exhibit signs of intoxication. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Chinese Makers Of Illicit Fentanyl And Analogs Indicted For First Time
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency reports that the Chinese nationals are the first makers and distributors of synthetic opioids designated as consolidated priority organization targets, or CPOTs. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 1, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: David Kroll, Contributor Source Type: news

The U.S. Has A Fentanyl Shortage...In The Clinic, Not On The Streets
I fear this means I need to bring my own to my follow-up colonoscopy in November. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 1, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: David Kroll, Contributor Tags: NASDAQ:AKRX NYSE:PFE LON:HIK Source Type: news

The U.S. Has A Fentanyl Shortage ... In The Clinic, Not On The Streets
I fear this means I need to bring my own to my follow-up colonoscopy in November. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 1, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: David Kroll, Contributor Tags: NASDAQ:AKRX NYSE:PFE LON:HIK Source Type: news

Can The Feds Nail The Fentanyl Billionaire?
When the government prosecutes executives, the biggest fish often get away. Now Insys founder John Kapoor has been indicted. Here are the charges that prosecutors think they can make stick against the powerful pharmaceutical veteran. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 31, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Matthew Herper, Forbes Staff Tags: NASDAQ:INSY NASDAQ:AKRX Source Type: news

Can Fentanyl Spray Maker Insys Survive As It Distances Itself From Founder Who Was Just Arrested?
Three days after opioid billionaire John Kapoor was arrested on racketeering charges, fentanyl spray manufacturer Insys Therapeutics announced Sunday that he had resigned as a member of the company's board and also plans to move his shares into an independently-controlled trust. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 30, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Michela Tindera, Forbes Staff Source Type: news

CDC: Fentanyl Detected in Over Half of Opioid Overdose Deaths (FREE)
By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Andr é Sofair, MD, MPH Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid up to 100 times more potent than morphine, was involved in 56% of opioid overdose deaths that recently occurred in 10 states, according to … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - October 30, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Proof of illegal kickbacks: Doctor admits he was compensated by opioid manufacturer for issuing unnecessary prescriptions
(Natural News) A Rhode Island-based physician has recently admitted to participating in a fraudulent scheme and accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks to illegally prescribe fentanyl, a highly-addictive opioid. A Reuters report has revealed that Dr. Jerrold Rosenberg, 36, has pleaded guilty before the U.S. District Court in Providence on grounds of health care fraud and... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This drug is driving rapid rise in overdose deaths
New report shows fentanyl is a major factor in the deadliest drug crisis in U.S. history (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This drug is driving rapid rise in opioid deaths
New report shows fentanyl is a major factor in the deadliest drug crisis in U.S. history (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fentanyl driving surge in drug deaths, CDC says
New CDC figures revealed that fentanyl is now responsible for more than 50 percent of opioid deaths in the US. The current opioid crisis is the worst drug epidemic in modern US history. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fentanyl driving rapid increase in opioid deaths
New report shows fentanyl is a major factor in the deadliest drug crisis in U.S. history (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Billionaire Insys Founder Charged in U.S. Opioid Bribe Case Billionaire Insys Founder Charged in U.S. Opioid Bribe Case
The billionaire founder of Insys Therapeutics Inc was arrested on Thursday on U.S. charges he participated in a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe a fentanyl-based cancer pain drug, marking a step by authorities to fight the opioid epidemic.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Fentanyl in more than half of opioid deaths in 10 states
A new federal report says powerful fentanyl and fentanyl-related drugs were involved in more than half of the recent opioid overdose deaths in 10 states (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

U.S. drug company founder charged with bribing doctors to prescribe addictive opioid
The founder of Insys Therapeutics and a group of colleagues are accused of providing kickbacks to doctors to widely prescribe a fentanyl-based spray called Subsys, intended only for cancer patients with intense pain. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - October 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news