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Cigna will stop covering OxyContin by 2018
As of January 1, 2018, Cigna, one of the nation's largest health insurers, will instead be covering Xtampza ER, an opioid designed to be difficult to abuse. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Teens and opioids: Time for an open conversation
National surveys have found that teens today are much less likely to use alcohol and drugs compared to their parents’ generation. In fact, the proportion of high school seniors who chose not to use alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other drugs has increased from 3 percent to 25 percent in the last thirty years. This remarkable good news is overshadowed by the growing number of teens who are daily marijuana users and the recent increase in opioid-related deaths among young people. It is important to understand the roots of this discrepancy in order to address it. Statistics show that between 2014 and 2015, the rates of d...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - October 9, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Nicholas Chadi Tags: Ask the Expert Parenting Teen Health Adolescent Substance Abuse Program Source Type: news

Cigna Says No to OxyContin
Title: Cigna Says No to OxyContinCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/6/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/9/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - October 9, 2017 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Cigna Says No to OxyContin
Most OxyContin prescriptions will no longer be covered in Cigna group health plans starting in January, the insurance giant announced. The move is an attempt to help stem the opioid epidemic that has spread across the United States, company... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 6, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Health Highlights: Oct. 6, 2017
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Cigna Says No to OxyContin Most OxyContin prescriptions will no longer be covered in Cigna group health plans starting in January, the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 6, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Cigna to stop covering most OxyContin prescriptions
(Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - October 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Will benefit managers jump in with Cigna's move to pull OxyContin?
If Cigna's foray into abuse-deterrent opioids is a success, other payors may follow suit. On Wednesday, Cigna Corp. (NYSE: CI) announced it would no longer cover OxyContin, the opioid painkiller manufactured by Purdue Pharma LP, starting in January. Instead, Cigna will offer Xtampza ER through a "value-based contract" with Collegium Pharmaceutical Inc. While both OxyContin and Xtampza are oxycodone products, Xtampza is supposed to deter drug abuse by remaining an extended-release drug even when… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 5, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Elise Reuter Source Type: news

Morning Break: Jail Time for Vaccine Refusal; Cigna Nixes OxyContin; PCP Shortage in NYC
(MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web gathered by the MedPage Today staff (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - October 5, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Morning Break: Jail Time for Vaccine Refusal; Cigna Nixes OxyContin; PCP Shortage in Buffalo
(MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web gathered by the MedPage Today staff (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - October 5, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Cigna to end OxyContin painkiller coverage, signs contract for alternative
(Reuters) - Amid a growing U.S. opioid addiction, health insurer Cigna Corp will stop covering OxyContin, the opioid painkiller sold by Purdue Pharma LP, as of Jan. 1 and will instead cover an equivalent with a formulation less vulnerable to abuse, the company said on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

NeuroBreak: FDA Move Shakes Biogen Investors; OxyContin Copy Setback
(MedPage Today) -- News and commentary from the world of neurology and neuroscience (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - October 3, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Cigna Says No to OxyContin
Health insurance giant signs deal with another opioid maker. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - October 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Washington State Sues OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma Washington State Sues OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma
Washington state on Thursday sued OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP, becoming the latest state or local government to file a lawsuit seeking to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for a national opioid addiction epidemic.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Washington state sues OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma
(Reuters) - Washington state on Thursday sued OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP, becoming the latest state or local government to file a lawsuit seeking to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for a national opioid addiction epidemic. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Washington state sues opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma
(Reuters) - Washington state on Thursday sued OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP, becoming the latest state or local government to file a lawsuit seeking to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for a national opioid addiction epidemic. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Opioid overdoses shorten US life expectancy by 2½ months
Opioid drugs -- including both legally prescribed painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, as well as illegal drugs such as heroin or illicit fentanyl -- are not only killing Americans, but also shortening their overall life spans. Opioids take about 2.5 months off our lives, according to a new analysis published in the medical journal JAMA. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioid overdoses shorten US life expectancy by 2.5 months
Opioid drugs -- including both legally prescribed painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, as well as illegal drugs such as heroin or illicit fentanyl -- are not only killing Americans, but also shortening their overall life spans. Opioids take about 2.5 months off our lives, according to a new analysis published in the medical journal JAMA. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

City asks judge to let case against OxyContin maker proceed
The city of Everett, Washington, is asking a federal judge to let it move forward with a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the prescription opioid painkiller OxyContin (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Surgery Can Be Trigger for Teen Opioid Abuse
FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 -- Teens and young adults who have surgery may be at increased risk for opioid painkiller abuse, a new study indicates. Opioids such as oxycodone (OxyContin) and hydrocodone (Vicodin) are commonly prescribed for pain after... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 15, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Do I need Rehab to Quit Oxycontin for Chronic Pain?
Title: Do I need Rehab to Quit Oxycontin for Chronic Pain?Category: Doctor's& Expert's views on SymptomsCreated: 9/15/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/15/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - September 15, 2017 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Oxycodone vs. Codeine
Title: Oxycodone vs. CodeineCategory: MedicationsCreated: 9/14/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/14/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Medications General)
Source: MedicineNet Medications General - September 14, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Dilaudid vs. Oxycodone
Title: Dilaudid vs. OxycodoneCategory: MedicationsCreated: 9/14/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/14/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Medications General)
Source: MedicineNet Medications General - September 14, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Opioid painkiller overdoses more than double in a decade
Number of hospital admissions in England rose to 11,660 last year as doctors say drugs are being prescribed too readilyThe number of patients admitted to hospital for overdosing on powerful and potentially addictive opioid painkillers has more than doubled in a decade, with doctors saying it is the “very worrying” consequence of the drugs being prescribed too readily.Data from NHS Digital shows an increase in people attending hospital with poisoning from prescription opioids such as codeine, morphine, oxycodone,fentanyl and tramadol rising from 4,891 in 2005-06 to 11,660 last year in England.Continue reading......
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 13, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Marsh Tags: Drugs Health NHS Science Society UK news Source Type: news

Overdoses on opioid painkillers more than double in a decade
Number of hospital admissions in England rose to 11,660 last year as doctors say drugs are being prescribed too readilyThe number of patients admitted to hospital for overdosing on powerful and potentially addictive opioid painkillers has more than doubled in a decade, with doctors saying it is the “very worrying” consequence of the drugs being prescribed too readily.Data from NHS Digital shows an increase in people attending hospital with poisoning from prescription opioids such as codeine, morphine, oxycodone andfentanyl rising from 4,891 in 2005-06 to 11,660 last year in England.Continue reading... (Source: ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 13, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Marsh Tags: Drugs Health NHS Science Society UK news Source Type: news

Breast Cancer Patients On Opioid Treatment More Likely To Discontinue Hormones
MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 -- Breast cancer patients who take opioid painkillers are more likely to discontinue an important hormone treatment that helps ensure their survival, researchers report. Use of prescription opioids such as OxyContin... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 11, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

ANI Pharmaceuticals Announces Approval and Launch of Oxycodone Hydrochloride Oral Solution, 100 mg/5mL
BAUDETTE, Minn., Sept. 1, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- ANI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("ANI") (Nasdaq: ANIP) today announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") of its Abbrev... Biopharmaceuticals, Generics, FDA, Product Launch ANI Pharmaceuticals, Oxycodone (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - September 1, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Oxecta (Oxycodone HCl, USP Tablets) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - August 24, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Utah's Largest Hospital Group To Curtail Opioid Use
Intermountain Healthcare, the largest hospital system in Utah and Idaho, is taking a stand against drugs like Oxycontin and Percocet, pledging to prescribe 5 million fewer opioid pills, a reduction of 40%. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - August 23, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Matthew Herper, Forbes Staff Source Type: news

Former addict mom says ASMR YouTube videos saved her
Sarah Toth, 26, was addicted to OxyContin. She tried methadone to get clean. But it wasn't until the Pennsylvania mother found the YouTube trend of ASMR videos that she kicked the habit. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Former addict mom says these YouTube videos saved her
Sarah Toth, 26, was addicted to OxyContin. She tried methadone to get clean. But it wasn't until the Pennsylvania mother found the YouTube trend of ASMR videos that she kicked the habit. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Indiana mom-of-four lost two sons to opioids in one night
Rebecca Savage, a mother-of-four from Granger, Indiana, lost two of her teenage sons (pictured left), Jack (left), 18, and Nick (right), 19, in one night after the boys overdosed on oxycodone. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hospitals Not to Blame for Most Opioid Addiction: Study
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 -- Painkiller prescriptions that lead to prolonged opioid use tend to be written by doctors in outpatient settings, not hospitals, new research indicates. Initial use of opioids such as OxyContin (oxycodone) and Vicodin... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 16, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

South Carolina is latest state to sue makers of OxyContin
South Carolina is following in the footsteps of New Hampshire, which sued Purdue Pharma last week for deceptive marketing of the highly addictive opioid. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Oxycontin Makers Hit With Yet Another State Lawsuit
States are claiming that Purdue used deceptive marketing practices to sell opioids. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Carolina sues OxyContin maker Purdue over opioid marketing
(Reuters) - South Carolina sued Purdue Pharma LP on Tuesday, becoming the latest state or local government to accuse the OxyContin maker of deceptive marketing practices that have contributed to a national opioid addiction epidemic. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Opioid Overdoses and Deaths Flooding U.S. Hospitals
FRIDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 -- There's been a sharp rise in opioid-related admissions and deaths in hospital intensive care units across the United States, a new study finds. Opioids are pain medications, such as oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet) and... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 11, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

New Hampshire sues drug company for misleading marketing
The state of New Hampshire sued Purdue Pharma for deceptive marketing of OxyContin on Tuesday. Many local governments have filed similar suits against drug companies this year. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Highlights: Aug. 9, 2017
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: New Hampshire Sues Purdue Pharma Over OxyContin The New Hampshire attorney general's office filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Purdue Pharma over... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 9, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

New Hampshire is latest state to sue OxyContin manufacturer
The New Hampshire attorney general's office is suing the drug manufacturer Purdue Pharma, alleging it has continued its deceptive marketing of OxyContin in a state that has been called the "ground zero" of the opioid epidemic (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

New Hampshire sues Purdue Pharma over opioid marketing practices
(Reuters) - New Hampshire sued OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP on Tuesday, becoming the latest state or local government to accuse the drugmaker of engaging in deceptive marketing practices that have helped fuel a national opioid addiction epidemic. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Richard Johns Set for Sentencing on Aug. 30
Richard Johns, the former Little Rock doctor who pleaded guilty in March to his part in a conspiracy to distribute fraudulent prescriptions for oxycodone, is scheduled to be sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Brian S. Miller on Aug. 30. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - August 7, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Mallinckrodt subpoenaed by Justice Department on opioid products
Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals said Wednesday it received a subpoena July 27 from the U.S. Department of Justice seeking information on its promotional practices for, and sales of, opioid products it makes, markets or sells. "The company will cooperate fully with the DOJ on this matter," Mallinckrodt said in a release. The company currently manufactures only generic and non-promoted branded opioids, officials said in the release. Mallinckrodt is a leading manufacturer of generic oxycodone painkillers. Last… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - August 3, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Diana Barr Source Type: news

After surgery, more than two-thirds of patients wind up with leftover prescription opioids, study finds
America ’s opioid crisis is fueled by prescription painkillers. Medications such as oxycodone, fentanyl and morphine wereresponsible for nearly half of the 33,000 overdose deaths recorded in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.How did Americans get their hands on... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - August 2, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Karen Kaplan Source Type: news

Nova Scotia judge signs off on OxyContin class-action settlement
A Nova Scotia judge has approved a settlement in the class-action lawsuit related to OxyContin, even as two people affected by addiction to the painkiller told the court Tuesday they were unhappy with the deal struck with the drug manufacturer. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

Ottawa pushed to prosecute Purdue Pharma over 'deceptive' marketing of OxyContin
A decade ago, OxyContin's drugmaker Purdue Pharma settled civil and criminal suits in the U.S. for more than $600 million US. After a recently proposed $20 million settlement in Canada, doctors and lawyers here are calling for criminal prosecution. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

FDA Committee Nixes Opioid With Blue Dye Deterrent FDA Committee Nixes Opioid With Blue Dye Deterrent
Lack of safety data on the dye and of abuse potential led to the vote against recommending approval of an extended-release oxycodone product intended to deter intravenous abuse.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

FDA Advisors Vote Down OxyContin Copy
(MedPage Today) -- Drug developer failed to conduct studies advised by the agency (Source: MedPage Today Pain Management)
Source: MedPage Today Pain Management - July 26, 2017 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Raymond Sackler, one of the brothers who introduced OxyContin, dies at the age of 97
Raymond Sackler, the only living brother out of the three who introduced the controversial painkiller OxyContin in the mid 90s has died. The Sackler family was the 19th wealthiest family in the country last year according to FORBES, worth roughly $13 billion. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 22, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Igor Bosilkovski, Contributor Source Type: news

Raymond Sackler, Former CEO Of OxyContin Producer Purdue Pharma, Dies At 97
Raymond Sackler, the only living brother out of the three who introduced the controversial painkiller OxyContin in the mid 90s has died. The Sackler family was the 19th wealthiest family in the country last year according to FORBES, worth roughly $13 billion. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 22, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Igor Bosilkovski, Contributor Source Type: news

Managing an intentional overdose in a hospice - Dinnen T, Armstrong H, Perkins P.
This case report describes a patient admitted unconscious to a hospice following an intentional overdose of oxycodone. She had previously declined conventional medical treatment for cancer and had made an advance decision stating that she wished to avoid h... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news