Fentanyl use disorder characterized by unprescribed use of transdermal patches: a case report - Guliyev C, Tuna ZO, Ă–gel K.
BACKGROUND: Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid with analgesic potency 75-100 times higher than that of morphine, and its analgesic effect is used for pain treatment, mostly in cancer patients. Using fentanyl patches may reduce misuse potential due to the trans... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 24, 2023 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Northborough Nurse Sentenced for Tampering with Patient's Liquid Morphine
FDA OCI, Gwen Rider, Northborough MA, tampering, morphine, nursing home, resident, 52 months, prison, fraud, deception, Worcester County, dementia, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - January 17, 2023 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Northborough Nurse Sentenced for Tampering with Patient's Liquid Morphine
FDA OCI, Gwen Rider, Northborough MA, tampering, morphine, nursing home, resident, 52 months, prison, fraud, deception, Worcester County, dementia, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - January 17, 2023 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Cedar Rapids Nurse Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison for Stealing Narcotics from Three Corridor Hospitals
FDA OCI, Sarah Jean Moses, Cedar Rapids, IA, registered nurse, RN, divert, tamper, narcotics, own use, hospitals, sentence, five years, federal prison, opioids, hydromorphone, Dilaudid, morphine, oxycodone, vials, saline, "patient combing", illegal, access, patient, files, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - January 11, 2023 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

The opioid crisis in the United States: a brief history (December 1, 2022) - Duff JH, Shen WW, Rosen LW, Lampe JR.
Opioids act on receptors in the brain that are important in regulating pain and emotion. For centuries, opioids have been used as medicines to manage or treat pain. Natural opioids (sometimes referred to as opiates), such as morphine, are derived from the ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 19, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Extended-Release Morphine Does Not Reduce Breathlessness in COPD
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 -- Daily low-dose extended release morphine does not significantly reduce the intensity of worst breathlessness among people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and severe chronic breathlessness, according to a... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - November 30, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Low-Dose Morphine Not Helpful for COPD Patients With Chronic Dyspnea
(MedPage Today) -- Among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and severe chronic breathlessness, short-term daily treatment with low doses of extended-release morphine did not significantly reduce the intensity of worst breathlessness... (Source: MedPage Today Allergy)
Source: MedPage Today Allergy - November 22, 2022 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: news

South Africa: Morphine Shortages Leave Patients in Pain
[spotlight] The short-sightedness of relying on a single morphine powder supplier for South Africa's healthcare facilities has been pinpointed as the cause of a devastating disruption in the supply of liquid morphine that has left some terminally ill patients suffering for over three months. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 30, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Could a Covid treatment be the remedy for America's opioid epidemic?
Scientists at the University of California, Davis are hoping to develop a monthly injection to treat pain as an alternative to opioids such as morphine that can leave people addicted. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 27, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Somerset nurse struck off for failing to dispense morphine
A nurse who failed to administer morphine to a patient before surgery has now been struck off. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Combined effects of quetiapine and opioids: a study of autopsy cases, drug users and sedation in rats - Andersen FD, Joca S, Hvingelby V, Arjmand S, Pinilla E, Steffensen SC, Simonsen U, Andersen CU.
This study aimed to elucidate if quetiapine, a widely used sedative antipsychotic medication, may increase the risk of fatal opioid poisoning by additive inhibitory effects on the central nervous... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 15, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Five Physicians Plead Guilty to Federal Drug Crimes in Connection with HOPE Clinic
FDA OCI, William Earley, North Myrtle Beach SC, Brian Gullett, Clarksville PA, Roswell Tempest Lowry, Efland NC, Vernon Stanley, Fayetteville WV, Mark Clarkson, Princeton WV, misbranded, drug, opioid, HOPE Clinic, oxycodone, morphine, Adkins Pharmacy, drug trafficking, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - September 13, 2022 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Rapid-field-deployable DART-MS screening technique for 87 opioids and drugs of abuse, including fentanyl and fentanyl analogs - Kern S, Toomey V, Lorenz L.
Fentanyl and fentanyl analogs are playing an increasing role in the opioid health crisis that is sweeping America. These synthetic opioids are much more potent and lethal than morphine or heroin and must be treated with extreme caution. Many of these subst... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 13, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Intraosseous Morphine Reduces Postop Pain After TKA
MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2022 -- Intraosseous morphine added to standard antibiotic solution offers pain relief immediately after total knee arthroplasty (TKA), according to a study recently published in the Journal of Arthroplasty. Ava A. Brozovich,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 22, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Taking a Shot at Pain Relief After Knee Replacement
THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2022 -- Researchers may have found a new way to help ease the pain of knee replacement surgery: infusing morphine directly into the shin bone. The findings come from a recent study of 48 patients undergoing total knee replacement.... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 18, 2022 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news