Former Iowa governor, US ag secretary to monitor drugmaker
Former Iowa governor and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has been hired to monitor Purdue Pharma as the OxyContin maker goes through bankruptcy (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

More than half of US opioid prescriptions for dental procedures exceeded 3-day supply recommendations from CDC 2016 guidelines
New largescale study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found overprescription of opioids by dentists common, particularly to patients at high risk for substance abuse, and that almost 1/3 of patients received more powerful drugs than neededElsevierIMAGE: In this cross-sectional analysis of 542,958 dental visits by adult patients, between 1 in 4 and 1 in 2 opioid prescriptions exceeded the recommended morphine equivalents and days'supply for...viewmore Credit: Michelle S. Woods Ann Arbor, February 4, 2020 - Dentists are among top prescribers of opioids in the US, however, whether their opioid prescrib...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - February 13, 2020 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

A Fake Pharmacist, 745,000 Prescriptions and a $7.5 Million Settlement
For over a decade, Kim Thien Le handled hundreds of thousands of prescriptions without a license, including many for highly addictive opioids like oxycodone, prosecutors in California have said. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mihir Zaveri Tags: Drugstores Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Opioids and Opiates Labor and Jobs Suits and Litigation (Civil) Walgreen Co. California Consumer Protection Santa Clara County (Calif) San Francisco Bay Area (Calif) Le, Kim Thien Source Type: news

Walgreens Will Pay $7.5 Million to Settle Unlicensed-Pharmacist Claims
For over a decade, Kim Thien Le handled hundreds of thousands of prescriptions without a license, including many for highly addictive opioids like oxycodone, prosecutors in California have said. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mihir Zaveri Tags: Drugstores Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Opioids and Opiates Labor and Jobs Suits and Litigation (Civil) Walgreen Co. California Kim Thien Le Consumer Protection Santa Clara County (Calif) San Francisco Bay Area (Calif) Source Type: news

Where the Purdue Pharma-Sackler legal saga stands
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP and its controlling Sackler family have been negotiating with cities, counties and states on a proposed settlement worth an estimated $10 billion to resolve more than 2,600 lawsuits alleging they helped fuel the U.S. opioid crisis. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Opioid victims can begin filing claims against Purdue Pharma
The federal judge overseeing the bankruptcy case of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma set a June 30 deadline to file claims against the company (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Providence Woman Admits to Role in Fraudulent Opioids Prescription Conspiracy
fraudulent, opioids, prescriptions, conspiracy, Tammy Bonham, scheme, medical practitioners, no consent, DEA ID numbers, signatures, oxycodone, medical insurance, pills, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - January 21, 2020 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Intellipharmaceutics Provides Update on FDA Advisory Committees Meeting for Aximris XR (Oxycodone Hydrochloride extended release) an Abuse Deterrent Opioid Analgesic for the Treatment of Moderate to Severe Pain
TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / January 16, 2020 / Intellipharmaceutics International Inc. (OTCQB:IPCIF and TSX:IPCI) ( " Intellipharmaceutics " or the " Company " ), a pharmaceutical company specializing in the research, development and manufacture of... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Applications)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Applications - January 16, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Physician Sentenced for Illegally Prescribing Oxycodone Physician Sentenced for Illegally Prescribing Oxycodone
A Philadelphia-area osteopathic physician was sentenced to a year and a day in jail for illegally distributing oxycodone.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - January 13, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Effects of oxycodone on sensitivity to reinforcement magnitude: implications for effects of opioids on impulsive and risky choice - Hunt KH, Hughes CE, Pitts RC.
The objective of this study was to investigate a potential behavioral mechanism of opioids: ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

FDA documents analysis reveals inadequate monitoring of safe opioid use program
(Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) A risk-management program set up in 2012 by the US Food and Drug Administration to curb improper prescribing of extended-release and long-acting opioids may not have been effective because of shortcomings in the program's design and execution, according to a paper from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Extended-release and long-acting opioids, which include oxycontin, account for a significant proportion of the prescription opioid market and are among the most misused. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Opioid Use By Teens a Red Flag for Other Dangers
In a national survey of U.S. high school students, 14% said they had ever "misused" a prescription opioid such as Vicodin, OxyContin or Percocet. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - January 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Meds2Go Express Pharmacy, Inc. Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering in Connection with Drug Diversion Scheme
Alum Creek WV, Meds2Go Express Pharmacy, plea, guilty, money laundering, drug diversion, pain clinic, pill mill, opioids, community restitution, drug abuse treatment, Rx opioids, red flags, oxycodone, drug addicts, methadone, compounding, Charleston WV, forfeiture, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - January 6, 2020 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

As Tens of Thousands Died, F.D.A. Failed to Police Opioids
The agency, whose oversight of opioid safety has largely eluded scrutiny, did not improve flawed programs designed to reduce addiction and overdoses, documents show. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abby Goodnough and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Opioids and Opiates OxyContin (Drug) Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Pain-Relieving Drugs Fentanyl Regulation and Deregulation of Industry Food and Drug Administration your-feed-healthcare Drug Abuse and Traffic Source Type: news

Want OxyContin in China? Pain pill addicts get drugs online
Officially, China doesn't have an opioid problem like the United States (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

F.D.A. Failed to Ensure Safe Prescribing of Opioids, Documents Show
The agency, whose oversight of opioid safety has largely eluded scrutiny, did not improve flawed programs designed to reduce addiction and overdoses. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - December 31, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Abby Goodnough and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Opioids and Opiates OxyContin (Drug) Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Pain-Relieving Drugs Fentanyl Regulation and Deregulation of Industry Food and Drug Administration your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

Havertown Doctor Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Importing Foreign, Injectable Drugs and Unlawfully Distributing Oxycodone
Thomas Whalen, Havertown PA, Guilty plea, importation, heath care fraud, oxycodone, D.O., controlled substance, Whalen Rheumatology Group, Exton PA, Wilmington DE, Unapproved, Injection, Infusion, Remicade Synvisc, Synvisc-One, Orencia, Prolia/Xgeva, Boniva (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - December 19, 2019 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Sacklers Withdrew Over $12 Billion From Purdue Pharma As The Opioid Epidemic Grew
Recently released court documents highlight an audit that found the Sackler family withdrew $10.7 billion from Purdue Pharma between the 2008 to 2017 as scrutiny over the opioid epidemic and the company ’s signature drug OxyContin grew. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - December 18, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Clary Estes, Contributor Source Type: news

Sacklers Withdrew Over $12 Billion Over 13 Years From Purdue Pharma As The Opioid Epidemic Grew
Recently released court documents highlight an audit that found the Sackler family withdrew $10.7 billion from Purdue Pharma between the 2008 to 2017 as scrutiny over the opioid epidemic and the company ’s signature drug OxyContin grew. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - December 18, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Clary Estes, Contributor Source Type: news

Sacklers withdrew over $10 billion in a decade from Purdue Pharma: New York Times
The Sackler family - owners of Purdue Pharma - transferred more than $10 billion in a decade from the OxyContin maker to its trusts and holding companies, the New York Times reported on Monday, citing a new audit commissioned by the drugmaker. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Owners of Purdue Pharma took more money from opioid-producing company after being fined for misleading public
The wealthy owners of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma started taking far more money out of the company after it was fined for misleading marketing of the powerful prescription painkiller. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news

Sacklers withdrew over $10 billion in a decade from Purdue Pharma: NYT
The Sackler family - owners of Purdue Pharma - transferred more than $10 billion in a decade from the OxyContin maker to its trusts and holding companies, the New York Times reported on Monday, citing a new audit commissioned by the drugmaker. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Suspended Pharmacist Charged with Health Care Fraud Conspiracy, Fraudulently Obtaining Controlled Substances and Misbranding Drugs
pharmacist, suspended, health care fraud, conspiracy, controlled substances, misbranded drugs, indictment, Timothy Forester, Venetia PA, Pittsburgh, South Hills, oxycodone, hydrocodone, deception, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - December 13, 2019 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Arizona opioid case against Purdue, Sackler family
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a novel case by Arizona seeking to recover billions of dollars that the state has said that members of the Sackler family - owners of Purdue Pharma LP - funneled out of the OxyContin maker before the company filed for bankruptcy in September. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Tufts University severs ties with family behind OxyContin
Members of the family that own OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma say they will push to reverse Tufts University's decision to strip their name from campus facilities and programs (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Tufts University cuts ties with Purdue Pharma's Sackler family over opioid crisis
Tufts University is cutting ties with the billionaire family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, saying it will strip the Sackler name from its campus and accept no further donations amid concerns over the family's role in the opioid crisis. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Business Source Type: news

Judge: Purdue workers should get bonuses, but maybe not CEO
The judge overseeing the bankruptcy case of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma says most of the company's employees should receive bonuses next year (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Chronic opioid treatment may raise risk of post-traumatic stress disorder, study finds
While opioids are often prescribed to treat people with trauma-related pain, a new UCLA-led study suggests doctors should use caution before prescribing the drug to those they believe may experience severe stress in the future, in order to reduce the risk the patient will develop PTSD.In the study, researchers administered doses of the opioid morphine to a group of 22 mice for one week, then gave the mice relatively strong foot shocks. After the morphine wore off, the mice were given mild electric foot shocks. These mice showed a substantially longer “freezing response” than a second, control group of 24 mice t...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - December 3, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

States fight bonus pay for CEO of OxyContin maker Purdue
The chief executive officer of OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma LP should not collect a potential $1.3 million bonus when he has been accused of contributing to the opioid epidemic, a group of state attorneys general said in a court filing on Monday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Fake doctors, pilfered medical records drive Oxy China sales
Mundipharma reps have promoted OxyContin in China as less addictive than other opioids, the same pitch the company’s U.S. affiliate, Purdue Pharma, admitted was false in court more than a decade ago (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

AP key findings about Mundipharma’s OxyContin sales in China
Key findings of AP’s investigation about Mundipharma’s OxyContin sales in China (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Fake doctors, misleading claims drive OxyContin China sales
Mundipharma reps have promoted OxyContin in China as less addictive than other opioids--the same pitch the company’s U.S. affiliate, Purdue Pharma, admitted was false in court more than a decade ago. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Mundipharma is promoting OxyContin in China with claims its U.S. affiliate, Purdue Pharma, admitted in court were false
(Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to pay states' lawyers, urged to help victims
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP got court approval on Tuesday to reimburse millions of dollars in legal fees for states that back its proposed $10 billion settlement of opioid lawsuits, but with a condition meant to help victims of the addiction crisis. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Walgreens' large role at height of opioid crisis is detailed in report
For six years beginning in 2006, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. was ordering 73 percent more oxycodone and hydrocodone pills per store on average compared with other pharmacies, according to a new report. The Washington Post reported on Thursdaythat during those six years, Walgreens was handling about 20 percent of all oxycodone and hydrocodone pills shipped to U.S. pharmacies. The report detailed Deerfield, Illinois-based Walgreens' (Nasdaq: WBA) purchased 13 billion opioid pills during those six … (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - November 7, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ben Miller Source Type: news

Oxycodone vs. Vicodin (hydrocodone/acetaminophen) for Pain
Title: Oxycodone vs. Vicodin (hydrocodone/acetaminophen) for PainCategory: MedicationsCreated: 1/3/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 11/7/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - November 7, 2019 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Judge shields OxyContin-maker Purdue from litigation until April
Purdue Pharma LP and the company's Sackler family owners will be shielded until April 8, 2020, from sprawling opioid litigation to give the maker of OxyContin time to try to reach a legal settlement the company says is worth $10 billion. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Legal briefs: Opioid watchdog 'not surprised' by settlements
One of the Buffalo region ’s keynote watchdogs on the ongoing opioid lawsuits in New York and around the country wasn’t surprised to see the recent settlement that brought an end to more than 2,000 cases. Purdue Pharma, producers of OxyContin last month agreed to what’s expected to be the largest settlement yet at aro und $11 billion. Though some remain unsettled, it brought resolve to a plethora of cases consolidated in Ohio. “It should make anyone guardedly optimistic that they’re not… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 6, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Patrick Connelly Source Type: news

ASA: Unnecessary Opioids Often Prescribed After C-Section
MONDAY, Oct. 21, 2019 -- Opioids are commonly not needed but are overprescribed at discharge among women who undergo cesarean deliveries (CDs), and provider education and new order sets can reduce use of oxycodone for post-CD pain management,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - October 21, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

These Missouri pharmacies received the most opioids from suppliers
The opioid epidemic has taken its toll on Missouri. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug-related deaths rose in Missouri last year even as national deaths fell. One part of the problem? Legally prescribed pills. According to data from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration made available by The Washington Post, 1.6 billion prescription pain pills (oxycodone and hydrocodone) were supplied to Missouri pharmacies between 2006 and 2012, the most recent yea r that data… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 17, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Lea Konczal Source Type: news

Beverly Sackler, 95, Dies; Philanthropist and Purdue Pharma Director
Ms. Sackler ’s husband, Raymond, and his brothers founded the company whose drug OxyContin has been blamed for the opioid epidemic. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - October 15, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Sam Roberts Tags: Sackler, Beverly Deaths (Obituaries) Purdue Pharma OxyContin (Drug) Philanthropy Sackler, Raymond (1920-2017) Source Type: news

Beverly Sackler, an owner of Purdue Pharma, dies
Beverly Sackler, a philanthropist and one of the owners of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, has died (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

OxyContin maker Purdue gets brief shield from litigation
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP won a court order on Friday briefly pausing the sprawling opioid litigation against the company so it can try to make headway on its proposed legal settlement that it says is worth $10 billion. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Judge will halt lawsuits against Purdue Pharma, its owners
A judge is trying to find a path for OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to settle more than 2,500 lawsuits over the opioid crisis by putting a pause to the suits temporarily (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Judge Orders Pause in Opioid Litigation Against Purdue Pharma and Sacklers
The stay is only until Nov. 6. During that time, the parties must negotiate a plan for disclosing the details of the Sacklers ’ wealth and Purdue’s role in the opioid epidemic. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mary Williams Walsh Tags: Bankruptcies Pain-Relieving Drugs Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Drug Abuse and Traffic Suits and Litigation (Civil) States (US) OxyContin (Drug) Opioids and Opiates Purdue Pharma Judge Robert D. Drain Sackler Family Source Type: news

The Latest: Lawsuits paused against Purdue Pharma, Sacklers
A judge has ordered that lawsuits against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and its owners be paused until next month (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

OxyContin maker Purdue begins showdown to halt opioid lawsuits
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP will ask a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge on Friday to pause litigation against the company and its owners over the objections of U.S. states that allege the company is trying to protect the controlling Sackler family. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

U.S. judge urges parties to wisely use Purdue opioid settlement funds
A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Thursday urged parties that will benefit from a proposed settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP to focus on addressing the opioid addiction crisis and avoid battling over the deal's billions of dollars. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Cracks in Purdue's proposed opioid settlement as Arizona backs out
The U.S. state of Arizona withdrew its support for a proposed nationwide opioid settlement with Purdue Pharma LP, saying the maker of OxyContin sought to "undermine material terms of the deal," according to a court filing on Monday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

The Latest: Purdue says little harm to pause Sackler suits
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma says it would cause little harm to states to pause litigation against its owners, but letting the suits plow ahead would damage efforts to finalize a settlement. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news