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North Carolina joins 5 other states in suing the maker of OxyContin
North Carolina has joined five other states in filing lawsuits against Purdue Pharma, accusing the drug company of igniting the nation ’s opioid crisis by using deceptive marketing practices to sell its painkillers. In marketing its drugs, Purdue Pharma used messages to downplay concerns about addiction and to discredit non-opioid pain relievers, while also pushing for higher doses for its opioid medication and targeting vulner able populations, such as veterans and seniors, N.C. Attorney General… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - May 17, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jessica Seaman Source Type: news

U.S. State Attorneys General Sue Purdue Pharma Over Opioid Epidemic U.S. State Attorneys General Sue Purdue Pharma Over Opioid Epidemic
Six more U.S. states on Tuesday announced lawsuits against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP, accusing the company of fueling a national opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing its prescription painkillers to generate billions of dollars in sales.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Texas sues OxyContin maker for role in nation's opioid crisis
Texas has joined five other states in filing lawsuits against Purdue Pharma LP, accusing the drug company of igniting the nation ’s opioid crisis by using deceptive marketing practices to sell its painkillers. In marketing its drugs, Purdue Pharma downplayed concerns about addiction while also pushing for higher doses for its opioid medication and targeting vulnerable populations, various attorneys general from the six st ates said May 15. “My office is holding Purdue Pharma accountable for… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 16, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jessica Seaman Source Type: news

Texas sues OxyContin maker for alleged role in nation's opioid crisis
Texas has joined five other states in filing lawsuits against Purdue Pharma LP, accusing the drug company of igniting the nation ’s opioid crisis by using deceptive marketing practices to sell its painkillers. In marketing its drugs, Purdue Pharma downplayed concerns about addiction while also pushing for higher doses for its opioid medication and targeting vulnerable populations, various attorneys general from the six st ates said Tuesday. “My office is holding Purdue Pharma accountable for… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 16, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jessica Seaman Source Type: news

North Carolina joins 5 other states in suing the maker of OxyContin
North Carolina has joined five other states in filing lawsuits against Purdue Pharma, accusing the drug company of igniting the nation ’s opioid crisis by using deceptive marketing practices to sell its painkillers. In marketing its drugs, Purdue Pharma used messages to downplay concerns about addiction and to discredit non-opioid pain relievers, while also pushing for higher doses for its opioid medication and targeting vulner able populations, such as veterans and seniors, N.C. Attorney General… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 16, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jessica Seaman Source Type: news

U.S. state lawsuits against Purdue Pharma over opioid epidemic mount
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Litigation against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP is intensifying as six more U.S. states on Tuesday announced lawsuits, accusing the company of fueling a national opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing its prescription painkillers to generate billions of dollars in sales. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

6 US states accuse opioid maker Purdue of fueling overdoses
Six U.S. states are accusing the maker of the opioid OxyContin of using deceptive marketing to boost drug sales that fueled opioid overdose deaths (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

U.S. state attorneys general sue Purdue Pharma over opioid epidemic
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several U.S. state attorneys general on Tuesday announced lawsuits against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP, accusing the company of fueling a national opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing prescription painkillers to generate billions of dollars in sales. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Study upends conventional view of opioid mechanism of action
(NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse) A new discovery shows that opioids used to treat pain, such as morphine and oxycodone, produce their effects by binding to receptors inside neurons, contrary to conventional wisdom that they acted only on the same surface receptors as endogenous opioids, which are produced naturally in the brain. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Non-Opioids Often Underused After Back Surgery
TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 -- Spine and joint surgery patients aren't taking advantage of common pain relievers like Tylenol or Motrin during their recovery, researchers say. Instead, many are given opioids, such as oxycodone (OxyContin) or hydrocodone... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 8, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Scripps Research team receives $7.5 million for studies on cocaine, oxycodone addiction
(Scripps Research Institute) Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute are launching a pair of studies on genetic factors behind oxycodone and cocaine addiction and treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Advil + Tylenol Better Than Opioids for Dental Pain
In the study, Aminoshariae's team reviewed more than 460 published studies and found that a combination of 400 milligrams of ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin) and 1,000 milligrams of acetaminophen (Tylenol) was more effective than opioid medications (for example, Vicodin, Oxycontin) for adults. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - April 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Researchers develop non-addictive pain reliever
A new pain-relieving compound may eventually be as effective as the properties of opioids-based drugs, such as morphine and oxycodone, but not be addictive. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioids Are Over-Prescribed In Patients On Benzodiazepines
BOSTON (CBS) — Opioids can be risky when taken alone, but when taken with sedatives called benzodiazepines, the combination can be particularly dangerous, even deadly. Yet, according to a recent study in JAMA Psychiatry, the chances of receiving a new opioid prescription is 83%  higher for patients on benzodiazepines compared with the general population. Benzodiazepines include medications like Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, and Ativan. Both opioids and benzodiazepines can cause drowsiness and can suppress the part of the brain which controls your breathing, so if you use too much of either one or ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall opioid crisis opioids Source Type: news

Doctors Warned About Prescribing Sedatives And Opioids
BOSTON (CBS) — Opioids can be risky when taken alone, but when taken with sedatives called benzodiazepines, the combination can be particularly dangerous, even deadly. Yet, according to a recent study in JAMA Psychiatry, the chances of receiving a new opioid prescription is 83%  higher for patients on benzodiazepines compared with the general population. Benzodiazepines include medications like Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, and Ativan. Both opioids and benzodiazepines can cause drowsiness and can suppress the part of the brain which controls your breathing, so if you use too much of either one or ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - April 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall opioid crisis opioids Source Type: news

Addictive Opioids Still Overprescribed After Surgery: Study
THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 -- Doctors continue to prescribe far too many opioid painkillers to patients following surgery, a new study indicates. In fact, one of every three patients prescribed an opioid, such as Oxycontin, didn't take a single pill... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 19, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Americans Are Filling Fewer Prescriptions for Opioids Amid Rising Fear of Addiction
(TRENTON, N.J.) — New data show that the number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year. They showed their biggest drop in 25 years. The decline comes amid increasing legal restrictions and public awareness of the dangers of addiction. A health data firm released a report Thursday showing a 9 percent average drop nationwide in the number of prescriptions for opioids filled by retail and mail-order pharmacies. All 50 states and the District of Columbia had declines of more than 5 percent. The U.S. is estimated to consume roughly 30 percent of all opioids used worldwide. ...
Source: TIME: Health - April 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda A Johnson / AP Tags: Uncategorized healthytime medicine onetime Source Type: news

Making OxyContin harder to abuse led to more deaths, study suggests
Purdue Pharma changed OxyContin's formula to make it harder to abuse in 2010, driving a switch to street drugs and rise in heroin deaths, new Bureau of Economic Research study suggests. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioid Trials to Begin in 2019 as Settlement is Also Pushed
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge with an audacious plan to settle hundreds of lawsuits filed by local governments against the drug industry over the destruction wrought by prescription opioid painkillers has altered his course. Cleveland-based Judge Dan Polster issued an order Wednesday scheduling three Ohio trials for 2019 — a shift from his earlier plan to try to work out settlements. In his order, the judge says the parties have made "good progress" and notes that lawyer in the case were asking for a litigation track in addition to settlement talks. The hope is that holding some trials can hel...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Andrew Welsh Huggins and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Opioid Trials to Begin in 2019 as Settlement is Also Pushed
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge with an audacious plan to settle hundreds of lawsuits filed by local governments against the drug industry over the destruction wrought by prescription opioid painkillers has altered his course. Cleveland-based Judge Dan Polster issued an order Wednesday scheduling three Ohio trials for 2019 — a shift from his earlier plan to try to work out settlements. In his order, the judge says the parties have made "good progress" and notes that lawyer in the case were asking for a litigation track in addition to settlement talks. The hope is that holding some trials can hel...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - April 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Andrew Welsh Huggins and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Research brief: Vaccines to treat opioid abuse and prevent fatal overdoses
(University of Minnesota) A team of scientists from the University of Minnesota Medical School and Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation at Hennepin Healthcare is developing vaccines against heroin and prescription opioids, such as oxycodone and fentanyl. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Facebook shuts down drug hashtags on Instagram
A search on Saturday for #oxycontin came up with no results (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Canada should launch a criminal investigation into the marketing of OxyContin
For now, Canada has left it to the victims of the opioid crisis to seek their own justice, which they have attempted to do through a class-action lawsuit. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Opinion Source Type: news

OxyContin maker to appeal judge's decision to spurn $20M Canadian settlement
A Saskatchewan judge's concerns about the real costs of addiction recovery halted a settlement agreement between Purdue Pharma and hundreds of people who were prescribed OxyContin. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

ER Docs Prescribe More Opioids Than They Realize
Of 109 ER doctors at four hospitals, two-thirds underestimated how often they prescribed opioids such as OxyContin (oxycodone) and Vicodin (hydrocodone), the researchers said. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Saskatchewan judge rejects $20M class action settlement with Oxycontin maker
Justice Brian Barrington-Foote of Regina’s Court of Queen’s Bench released a decision stating that he was not satisfied the settlement was “fair, reasonable and in the best interests of the class as a whole.” (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Saskatchewan Source Type: news

Oxycodone use shifts in Australia after tamper-resistant versions introduced
(Canadian Medical Association Journal) After the introduction of tamper-resistant oxycodone in Australia, dispensing rates for higher-strength formulations decreased for people younger than 65 years, but there was no change in older adults, according to new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study: Doctors Who Prescribe More Opioids Make More Money
This study suggests that conflicts of interest with the pharmaceutical industry may influence oncologists in high-stakes treatment decisions for patients with cancer,” the authors concluded. Some studies have looked at whether the amount of money a doctor receives makes a difference. Studies by researchers at Yale University, the George Washington University Milken Institute of Public Health and Harvard Medical School have all found that the more money physicians are paid by pharmaceutical companies, the more likely they are to prescribe certain drugs. Dr. Patrice Harris, a spokeswoman for the American Medical Associ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Local TV opioid crisis opioids Source Type: news

For Arthritis Pain, Nonopioid Drugs Work as Well as Opioids
Opioids are no better than over-the-counter pain relievers for relief of arthritic back, hip or knee pain. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Opioids and Opiates Pain-Relieving Drugs Tylenol (Drug) Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) Osteoarthritis OxyContin (Drug) Source Type: news

Oral Oxycodone/Naloxone for Pain Control in Cirrhosis Oral Oxycodone/Naloxone for Pain Control in Cirrhosis
Management of moderate-to-severe pain in patients with cirrhosis and HCC is challenging due to the high risk of serious adverse effects. Can an oral combination of oxycodone/naloxone be used safely?Liver International (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news

Opioids No Better Than Over-The-Counter Pain Meds For Chronic Pain
CBS Local — A yearlong study offers rigorous new evidence against using prescription opioids for chronic pain. In patients with stubborn back aches or hip or knee arthritis, opioids worked no better than over-the-counter drugs or other nonopioids at reducing problems with walking or sleeping. They also provided slightly less pain relief. Opioids tested included generic Vicodin, oxycodone or fentanyl patches although few patients needed the most potent opioids. Nonopioids included generic Tylenol, ibuprofen, and prescription pills for nerve or muscle pain. The study randomly assigned patients to take opioids or other ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Addiction Chris Melore Local TV opioid crisis opioids Painkillers talkers Tylenol Source Type: news

For Arthritis Pain, Tylenol Works as Well as Opioids
Opioids are no better than over-the-counter pain relievers for relief of arthritic back, hip or knee pain. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Opioids and Opiates Pain-Relieving Drugs Tylenol (Drug) Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) Osteoarthritis OxyContin (Drug) Source Type: news

Opioids Not Best Option for Back Pain, Arthritis
With opioid overdose deaths rising in the United States, the findings suggest addictive medications like oxycodone (OxyContin) or morphine don't have to be the first choice against crippling arthritis pain or chronic backache. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More U.S. Kids Landing in ICU From Opioids
An estimated 2.4 million Americans have an opioid use disorder, according to federal estimates. That includes abuse of prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin, as well as illegal drugs like heroin. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

After her son's death, mother details her journey to prevent future opioid addiction
In this web exclusive, Sharon Parsons shares her son Sean's story about getting addicted to OxyContin in college, and how he later overdosed on fentanyl. "I have to make something good come from this," Sharon says about why she's trying to prevent future addicts. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - February 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea opens up about OxyContin use
Flea, 55, the lead bassist for alternative rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, says doctors should bear some of the blame for the opioid crisis in America after he was prescribed OxyContin in 2015. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ex-opioid addict starts online campaign against billionaire family behind OxyContin; their company, Purdue Pharma, has made billions off opioids
(Natural News) World-renowned and distinguished photographer Nan Goldin is using her art to yet again expose the hidden truths of an unreported world — this time in lambasting the billionaire family responsible for the pain relief drug, OxyContin. Goldin, a recovering drug addict, says that the Sackler family has turned a blind eye to the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioids Tied to Risk of Fatal Infections
People with invasive pneumococcal disease were 62 percent more likely to be using opioids. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Opioids and Opiates Elderly OxyContin (Drug) Deaths (Fatalities) Infections Source Type: news

Sackler family made billions off of the opioid crisis
Brooklyn-born brothers Arthur, Raymond and Mortimer (main, with his third wife and daughter) Sackler began a pharmaceutical legacy that would lead to the creation of addictive Oxycontin (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Maker of highly addictive OxyContin says it will stop incentivizing doctors to push its deadly drugs
(Natural News) The opioid crisis has reached epidemic proportions in this country, with the number of deaths quadrupling since 2000, and around 115 people dying from overdoses each day. President Trump has declared the opioid crisis a national health emergency, and high schools across the country have started stocking up on the drug Narcan to... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Specialist units not GPs should control pain killer use
Doctors are doling out opioids such as tramadol and oxycodone in huge numbers, driving an escalating crisis in addiction to prescription drugs. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioid maker Purdue Pharma backs off aggressive marketing
Purdue Pharma, the company behind the painkiller OxyContin, announced it is backing off aggressive marketing techniques that target doctors' offices. The decision comes as the company faces several lawsuits by states alleging the drug maker misrepresented the drug's risks. CBS News senior national correspondent Jim Axelrod has the details. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioid makers paid millions to advocacy groups: U.S. Senate report
(Reuters) - Five opioid manufacturers including OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP have paid more than $10 million to advocacy groups and doctors tied to them, many of whom amplified industry messages supporting the use of the painkillers, a U.S. Senate report said on Monday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

OxyContin maker stops promoting opioids, cuts sales staff
(Reuters) - OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP said on Saturday that it has cut its sales force in half and will stop promoting opioids to physicians, following widespread criticism of the ways that drugmakers market addictive painkillers. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

New Report Sheds Light on Opioid Industry's Role in Epidemic
WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies selling some of the most lucrative prescription painkillers funneled millions of dollars to advocacy groups that in turn promoted the medications' use, according to a report released Monday by a U.S. senator. The investigation by Missouri's Sen. Claire McCaskill sheds light on the opioid industry's ability to shape public opinion and raises questions about its role in an overdose epidemic that has claimed hundreds of thousands of American lives. Representatives of some of the drugmakers named in the report said they did not set conditions on how the money was to be spent or force the group...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Matthew Perrone and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

New Report Sheds Light on Opioid Industry's Role in Epidemic
WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies selling some of the most lucrative prescription painkillers funneled millions of dollars to advocacy groups that in turn promoted the medications' use, according to a report released Monday by a U.S. senator. The investigation by Missouri's Sen. Claire McCaskill sheds light on the opioid industry's ability to shape public opinion and raises questions about its role in an overdose epidemic that has claimed hundreds of thousands of American lives. Representatives of some of the drugmakers named in the report said they did not set conditions on how the money was to be spent or force the group...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Matthew Perrone and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

OxyContin maker Purdue says it will stop marketing opioids to U.S. doctors
The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin said it will stop marketing opioid drugs to doctors, bowing to a key demand of lawsuits that blame the company for helping trigger the current drug abuse epidemic. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

OxyContin maker stops promoting opioids, cuts sales staff
(Reuters) - OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP said on Saturday that it has cut its sales force in half and stop promoting opioids to physicians, following widespread criticism of the ways that drugmakers market addictive painkillers. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

OxyContin maker will stop promoting opioids to doctors
Purdue Pharma, which has made billions from the pain drug OxyContin, said it will stop promoting opioid pain drugs to doctors (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news