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

OxyContin maker Purdue reaches plea deal in opioid probe
Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion US, Justice Department officials in the U.S. announced Wednesday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - October 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Officials tell AP that OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma will plead guilty to federal charges, agree to $8 billion-plus deal
(Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Shamo Sentenced to Life in Prison After Conviction for Organizing, Directing Drug Trafficking Organization
FDA OCI, Aaron Shamo, CEO, dark net, life sentence, drug trafficking organization, DTO, fentanyl, fake oxycodone, alprazolam, China import, counterfeit Xanax, Cottonwood Heights UT, opioid, crisis, PHARMA-MASTER, AlphaBay, drug dealer, 90 deaths, bitcoin, payments, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - October 16, 2020 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Registered Nurse Pleads Guilty to Drug Diversion
FDA OCI, Dighton MA, Marietta Strickland, tampering, oxycodone, pain relief, Dighton Care and Rehabilitation Center, hospice patient, Alzheimer's, dementia, cancer, prescription drugs, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - October 7, 2020 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma Is Reportedly Nearing A Guilty Plea In Criminal Opioid Investigation
The U.S. Justice Department has been investigating the company over its alleged role in fuelling the country ’s opioid crisis. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 7, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robert Hart, Forbes Staff Tags: Business /business Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Editors' Pick editors-pick Breaking breaking-news Source Type: news

Chester County Doctor Agrees to Pay Over $1.2 Million to Settle Allegations of Fraudulent Billing and Unlawful Opioid Distribution
FDA OCI, Thomas Whalen, D.O., Berwyn PA, resolve allegations, $1.2 million, fraudulent, billing, unlawful, opioid, distribution, Rheumatology Consultants, Whalen Rheumatology Group, Havertown PA, Exton PA, Wilmington DE, injections, infusion, foreign drugs, unapproved, oxycodone, health care fraud, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - September 22, 2020 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Defying the Family Cycle of Addiction
In a family plagued by addiction, I was determined to help my teen recover from surgery without opiates. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jennie Burke Tags: Drug Abuse and Traffic Opioids and Opiates Families and Family Life Parenting OxyContin (Drug) Surgery and Surgeons Hernias Source Type: news

Reworked OxyContin Fails to Cut Overall Abuse, FDA Panel Says Reworked OxyContin Fails to Cut Overall Abuse, FDA Panel Says
After hearing the evidence, the advisory committee agreed the abuse-deterrent version of OxyContin cuts rate of snorting and injection of the drug -- in one study by up to 50% -- but not overall abuse.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines - September 14, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Experts: Revamped OxyContin hasn't curbed abuse, overdoses
A panel of government advisers says there's no clear evidence that a harder-to-crush version of the painkiller OxyContin resulted in fewer drug overdoses (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

FDA: Doctors Should Discuss Opioid OD Antidote With Patients
FRIDAY, July 24, 2020 -- Doctors should tell patients and caregivers about the overdose antidote naloxone when they prescribe opioid painkillers such as Percocet and OxyContin and medicines to treat opioid addiction, including buprenorphine,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 24, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news