People Are Buying Illegal Opioids on the Dark Web
FRIDAY, April 2, 2021 -- Illegal drug sales on the dark web are common, hard to detect and are fueling America's opioid epidemic, a University of Texas study reveals. Opioids include prescription painkillers (such as oxycodone) and illegal drugs... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 2, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

InFocus: The Saga of OxyContin
No abstract available (Source: Emergency Medicine News)
Source: Emergency Medicine News - April 1, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: InFocus Source Type: news

Judge Blocks Lawsuits Against Sackler Family As OxyContin Bankruptcy Talks Continue
Two dozen states had hoped to sue the owners of Purdue Pharma for their alleged role in the opioid crisis. But a federal bankruptcy has judge put the brakes on — again — until April 21.(Image credit: Toby Talbot/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - March 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Brian Mann Source Type: news

Opioid Maker Purdue Pharma Files Bankruptcy Plan
TUESDAY, March 16, 2021 -- Purdue Pharma has filed a bankruptcy restructuring plan that seeks to end thousands of lawsuits over the role that its painkiller Oxycontin played in the U.S. opioid epidemic. The plan requires members of the Sackler... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 16, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Purdue Pharma Offers Plan to End Sackler Control and Mounting Lawsuits
The OxyContin maker filed its long-awaited restructuring plan in bankruptcy court. Revenue from the new company would go exclusively to abating the opioid crisis. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jan Hoffman and Mary Williams Walsh Tags: Suits and Litigation (Civil) Bankruptcies Opioids and Opiates OxyContin (Drug) Purdue Pharma Sackler Family Source Type: news

Hudson Woman Sentenced to 15 Months for Tampering with Consumer Products and Unlawfully Obtaining Controlled Substances
FDA OCI, Kristina Coleman, Hudson NH, sentence, tampering, opioid, pharmacy technician, Nashua, oxycodone, baclofen, suboxone, muscle relaxant, replacement, controlled substance, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - March 2, 2021 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Study shows opioid use among US patients with knee osteoarthritis costs 14 billion dollars in societal costs
(Wiley) Although guidelines do not recommend use of opioids to manage pain for individuals with knee osteoarthritis, a recent study published early online in Arthritis Care& Research, an official journal of the American College of Rheumatology and the Association of Rheumatology Professionals, estimates that 858,000 Americans use opioids such as tramadol and oxycodone for their knee pain, equating to $14 billion in lifetime opioid-related societal costs, or nearly $0.5 billion annually. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Head of McKinsey, Kevin Sneader, Voted Out as Firm Faces Reckoning on Opioid Crisis
Partners decided not to keep Kevin Sneader in the top job. Weeks earlier, McKinsey had reached a historic settlement agreement in the U.S. over its advice to drugmakers. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michael Forsythe Tags: McKinsey & Co Sneader, Kevin David Appointments and Executive Changes Opioids and Opiates OxyContin (Drug) Purdue Pharma Source Type: news

Dark Web Trafficker Pleads Guilty to Distributing Opioids
FDA OCI, Daren Reid, Ft. Lauderdale FL, guilty, distribute, opioids, dark web, Oxyflight, Imperial Royalty, oxycodone, morphine, Silk Road, Wall Street, Apollon, drug trafficking, prescription drugs, Bitcoin, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - February 12, 2021 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Mexico ’s poor have little luck obtaining opioids intended for palliative care
If you ’re poor and terminally ill in southern Mexico, there’s far less chance you’ll get the painkillers you need for palliative care than your cousins in more prosperous regions, particularly those pharmacy-rich areas along Mexico–U.S. border, say UCLA researchers and colleagues who studied opioi d dispensing levels across the country.What ’s more, the researchers’ paper in the journalThe Lancet Public Health suggests it ’s likely that some of the opioids intended for Mexican citizens are ending up in American pockets.Despite a Mexican government initiative launched in 2015 to im...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - February 11, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Abuse-deterrent extended-release oxycodone and risk of opioid-related harm - Paljarvi T, Strang J, Quinn PD, Luciano S, Fazel S.
AIM: To establish and quantify the association between abuse-deterrent formulation (ADF) oxycodone and 1-year risk of opioid-related harm. DESIGN: Propensity score-matched cohort study of electronic medical records for years 2014 - 2018, with pat... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Sacklers Apologize but Deflect Blame at US  Congressional Opioid Hearing Sacklers Apologize but Deflect Blame at US  Congressional Opioid Hearing
Two members of the wealthy Sackler family who own OxyContin maker Purdue offered apologies on Thursday for the role the prescription painkiller has played in the deadly US opioid epidemic.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Sacklers Face Furious Questions in Rare Testimony on Opioid Epidemic
It was the first time in years that members of the family that owns Purdue Pharma have taken questions publicly, but they continued to deny personal responsibility for the decades-long addiction crisis. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jan Hoffman Tags: Sackler Family Purdue Pharma Addiction (Psychology) Opioids and Opiates OxyContin (Drug) Pain-Relieving Drugs Sackler, David Sackler, Kathe Drug Abuse and Traffic House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform House of Representati Source Type: news

Sacklers Deny Personal Responsibility for Opioid Epidemic in House Hearing
It was the first time in years that members of the family that owns Purdue Pharma have taken questions publicly, and the exchanges were tense. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jan Hoffman Tags: United States Politics and Government Addiction (Psychology) Opioids and Opiates OxyContin (Drug) House of Representatives Purdue Pharma Sackler Family Sackler, David Sackler, Kathe Drug Abuse and Traffic your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

Family behind OxyContin attests to its role in opioid crisis
Two members of the Sackler family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma have acknowledged the drug had a role in the opioid epidemic (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Members of family that led maker of OxyContin deny responsibility for opioid crisis in congressional hearing
This was the first time in decades that members of the Sackler family that led OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma testified in public under oath. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - December 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Meryl Kornfield Source Type: news

Senate Report: The Opioid Industry Has Paid Advocacy Groups $65 Million
A bipartisan congressional investigation released Wednesday found that key players in the nation’s opioid industry have spent $65 million since 1997 funding nonprofits that advocate treating pain with medications, a strategy intended to boost the sale of prescription painkillers. The report from Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Wyden of Oregon found the contributions continued in recent years, even as the industry’s practices and the toll of opioid addiction came under greater scrutiny. The senators, the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, are considering legislation to expand an ex...
Source: TIME: Health - December 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: GEOFF MULVIHILL / AP Tags: Uncategorized Drugs overnight wire Source Type: news

Little Change Seen in Rx of Opioids for Those at Risk for Misuse
After CDC guideline publication, there was a 14 percent decrease in oxycodone prescriptions, but not for other Schedule II opioids (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - December 16, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Orthopedics, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Surgery, Anesthesiology & amp; Pain, Journal, Source Type: news

McKinsey issues a rare apology for its role in OxyContin sales
Facing mounting pressure about its role in the opioid crisis, McKinsey has taken the unusual step of acknowledging that its work with Purdue Pharma fell short of its standards and vowed a full internal review of its actions, including the possible destruction of documents. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 9, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Walt Bogdanich and Michael Forsythe Source Type: news

McKinsey Issues a Rare Apology for Its Role in OxyContin Sales
The firm faced criticism after a report revealed that consultants had discussed destroying documents related to the opioid business and proposed that a drugmaker pay its distributors rebates for overdoses. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Walt Bogdanich and Michael Forsythe Tags: Pain-Relieving Drugs Opioids and Opiates OxyContin (Drug) Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Drug Abuse and Traffic McKinsey & Purdue Pharma House of Representatives Senate Hawley, Josh D (1979- ) Murphy, Philip D (1957- ) Schatz, Brian Source Type: news

New Guidelines Cover Opioid Use After Children ’s Surgery
Parents should not be afraid of managing the child ’s pain with opioids when they are needed, but should make sure a child does not have access to leftover doses. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Perri Klass, M.D. Tags: Opioids and Opiates Pain-Relieving Drugs Children and Childhood Parenting Surgery and Surgeons Drug Abuse and Traffic OxyContin (Drug) Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Source Type: news

McKinsey Proposed Paying Pharmacy Companies Rebates for OxyContin Overdoses
Court filings reveal consultants ’ talk of a records purge during the opioid crisis, and shed new light on sales advice given to the billionaire Sackler family and their drug company, Purdue Pharma. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Walt Bogdanich and Michael Forsythe Tags: Pain-Relieving Drugs Suits and Litigation (Civil) Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) OxyContin (Drug) Opioids and Opiates Deaths (Fatalities) Drug Abuse and Traffic McKinsey & Purdue Pharma CVS Caremark Corporation Food and Drug Administration Source Type: news

'Is anybody in there?' Life on the inside as a locked-in patient
Jake Haendel spent months trapped in his body, silent and unmoving but fully conscious. Most people never emerge from ‘locked-in syndrome’, but as a doctor told him, everything about his case is bizarreJake Haendel was a hard-partying chef from a sleepy region of Massachusetts. When he was 28, his heroin addiction resulted in catastrophic brain damage and very nearly killed him. In a matter of months, Jake ’s existence became reduced to a voice in his head.Jake ’s parents had divorced when he was young. He grew up between their two homes in a couple of small towns just beyond reach of Boston, little...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 26, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Josh Wilbur Tags: Health Science Death and dying Coronavirus Source Type: news

Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty Over Role in U.S. Opioid Epidemic
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2020 -- Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty to three criminal charges linked to the Oxycontin maker's role in the nation's opioid epidemic. In a virtual hearing Tuesday with a federal judge in Newark, New Jersey, Purdue admitted that it... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - November 25, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty to Role in Opioid Crisis
The admission in federal court brought a formal end to a major investigation that resulted in a multibillion-dollar settlement between the drug maker and the government. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katie Benner Tags: Purdue Pharma OxyContin (Drug) Opioids and Opiates Drug Abuse and Traffic Sackler Family Compensation for Damages (Law) Justice Department Drug Enforcement Administration United States Politics and Government Suits and Litigation (Civil) Source Type: news

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma pleads guilty to criminal charges
Purdue Pharma LP pleaded guilty to criminal charges over the handling of its addictive prescription painkiller OxyContin, capping a deal... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Purdue Pharma pleads guilty to federal criminal charges related to nation's opioid crisis
Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, pleaded guilty Tuesday to three federal criminal charges related to the company's role in... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma pleads guilty in criminal case
Purdue Pharma says its guilty plea over its role in the opioid crisis is “an essential step to preserve billions of dollars” for the settlement it is pursuing in bankruptcy court (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

OxyContin maker Purdue pleads guilty to charges related to opioid crisis
Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, pleaded guilty Tuesday to three criminal charges, formally admitting its role in an opioid epidemic that has contributed to hundreds of thousands of deaths over the past two decades. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma pleads guilty to federal criminal charges, formally admitting role in opioid crisis
(Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Bankruptcy judge OKs federal settlement with Purdue Pharma
A bankruptcy judge has given his approval to OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma's $8 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Acute administration of oxycodone, alcohol, and their combination on simulated driving-preliminary outcomes in healthy adults - Babalonis S, Coe MA, Nuzzo PA, Lofwall MR, Ali N, Sloan PA, Fanucchi LC, Walsh SL.
RATIONALE: Epidemiological data indicate that drivers testing positive for an opioid drug are twice as likely to cause a fatal car crash; however, there are limited controlled data available. OBJECTIVES: The primary aim of this study was to assess the ef... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Provinces pursue OxyContin maker for $67B US in costs associated with Canada's opioid crisis
In an effort to claw back the public health-care costs incurred by the opioid crisis, Canada's provinces have filed a $67.4-billion US claim against OxyContin producer Purdue Pharma.  (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Mariah App, an augmented reality program, reveals haunting link of Met’s Sackler Wing to opioid crisis
Creators’ device calls attention to famous philanthropist family’s ownership of Purdue Pharma, which made and marketed OxyContin. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Oregon measure decriminalizing all drugs heavily criticized by users on social media for including hard drugs like meth, heroin and cocaine
(Natural News) Oregon has become the first state in America to decriminalize the personal possession of all drugs, including hard drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine, LSD, oxycodone and heroin. Oregon Ballot Measure 110, the proposal that decriminalized these drugs, passed with 58.8 percent of voters supporting it. Under the new measure, which comes into effect on February 1,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioid Epidemic Settlement Offer, Worth $26 Billion, Gains Support
Three distributors and a drug manufacturer have proposed a deal that a majority of states and negotiators for small governments finally seem to like. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jan Hoffman Tags: Opioids and Opiates Compensation for Damages (Law) Suits and Litigation (Civil) Drug Abuse and Traffic Deaths (Fatalities) OxyContin (Drug) Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) McKesson Corporation Cardinal Health Inc AmerisourceBergen Corp Johnson Source Type: news

$26 Billion Settlement Offer in Opioid Lawsuits Gains Support
Three distributors and a drug manufacturer have proposed a deal that a majority of states and negotiators for small governments finally seem to like. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jan Hoffman Tags: Pain-Relieving Drugs Suits and Litigation (Civil) Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Drug Abuse and Traffic Opioids and Opiates Addiction (Psychology) Deaths (Fatalities) OxyContin (Drug) AmerisourceBergen Corp Cardinal Health Inc Janssen Pharmac Source Type: news

Postmarketing analysis of misuse, abuse, and diversion of Xtampza ER - Geoffrey Severtson S, Kreider SED, Amioka EC, Margolin ZR, Iwanicki JL, Dart RC.
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate abuse, misuse, and diversion of Xtampza ER, an extended-release (ER) abuse-deterrent formulation (ADF) of oxycodone. METHODS: Abuse, misuse, and diversion of Xtampza ER were assessed using Researched Abuse, Diversion and Addictio... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Trump Administration Sends Mixed Messages On Combating Opioid Epidemic, As Election Looms
The Department of Justice reached an $8.3 billion settlement with OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma, but the administration ’s proposed budget includes cuts that could reduce addiction coverage as substance use spikes during the pandemic. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 26, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Graison Dangor, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Source Type: news

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to plead to 3 criminal charges
The federal government seeks to hold Purdue responsible for the opioid crisis linked to 470,000 American deaths since 2000. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Purdue Pharma to plead guilty and pay $8.3 billion over opioids
The settlement is likely to boost Purdue's effort to move past claims it helped spark a public-health crisis over opioids with its marketing of OxyContin. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - October 22, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges for Opioid Sales
The Justice Department announced an $8 billion settlement with the company. Members of the Sackler family will pay $225 million in civil penalties but criminal investigations continue. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jan Hoffman and Katie Benner Tags: Purdue Pharma Compensation for Damages (Law) Suits and Litigation (Civil) Sackler Family Fines (Penalties) Drug Abuse and Traffic Opioids and Opiates OxyContin (Drug) Justice Department your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

AG Rosenblum not on board with feds' Purdue Pharma settlement
Oregon is among the states opposed to the federal government ’s settlement with Purdue Pharma, under which the maker of the opioid OxyContin agreed to plead guilty to three criminal charges as part of an $8 billion settlement. The U.S. Justice Department announced that the company will plead guilty to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and violating anti-kickb ack laws as part of a bankruptcy court filing. The Sackler family, Purdue’s executives and owners, are not released from criminal liability,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 21, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

AG Rosenblum not on board with feds' Purdue Pharma settlement
Oregon is among the states opposed to the federal government ’s settlement with Purdue Pharma, under which the maker of the opioid OxyContin agreed to plead guilty to three criminal charges as part of an $8 billion settlement. The U.S. Justice Department announced that the company will plead guilty to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and violating anti-kickb ack laws as part of a bankruptcy court filing. The Sackler family, Purdue’s executives and owners, are not released from criminal liability,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 21, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to plead to 3 criminal charges
The Justice Department says Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Hudson Woman Pleads Guilty to Tampering with Consumer Products and Unlawfully Obtaining Controlled Substances
FDA OCI, Kristina Coleman, Hudson NH, tampering, pharmacy technician, Nashua NH, prescription delivery, missing pills, oxycodone, opioids, different sizes, different imprints, baclofen, Suboxone, theft, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - October 21, 2020 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Purdue Pharma to Plead Guilty to Opioid-Related Crimes
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 21, 2020 -- Purdue Pharma, maker of the opioid painkiller OxyContin linked to the opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to three federal crimes as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion, theAssociated Pressreported Wednesday. The... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - October 21, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma ’s settlement with the Justice Department, explained
The Justice Department announced an $8 billion settlement with Purdue on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma pleads guilty to federal criminal charges
Purdue Pharma could pay up to $8 billion in the settlement related to the opioid crisis. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma Reaches $8 Billion Settlement In Opioid Crisis Probe
The drugmaker has also pleaded guilty to three federal charges regarding its role in the crisis. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 21, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Siladitya Ray, Forbes Staff Tags: Business /business Innovation /innovation Healthcare /healthcare Source Type: news