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 11, 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 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Orange County Man Sentenced to 17 ½ Years in Federal Prison for Selling Counterfeit Opioid Pills Laced with Fentanyl
Wyatt Pasek, Santa Ana, counterfeit, oxycodone, fentanyl, synthetic opioids, oxygod, Yung10x, online, cyclopropyl fentanyl, Chinese suppliers, Duc Cao, Orange CA, Isaiah Suarez, Newport Beach CA, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - October 8, 2019 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Former Parkersburg Physician Pleads Guilty for His Role in Hope Clinic Conspiracy
Paul W. Burke, Charleston WV, HOPE Clinic, chronic pain clinic, opiate pain medications, opioids, oxycodone, failed drug tests, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - October 7, 2019 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Former Roswell Park Nurse Charged with Stealing Pain Meds and Violating HIPAA
Kelsey A. Mulvey, Grand Island NY, fraud, tampering, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, hydromorphone, Dilaudid, methadone, oxycodone, lorazepam, Pyxis, water, waterborne infections, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - October 7, 2019 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Researchers Develop New Opioid Detection Breath Test
(CBS) – Breathalyzer tests have been around for years to help identify drunk drivers, but soon there could soon be a similar test for opioids. Engineers and physicians at the University of California, Davis have developed a test that can detect opioids in the exhaled breath of patients taking pain medications like morphine and oxycodone. They hope to eventually have a real time test which could help doctors and nurses determine whether patients with chronic pain are taking their medications properly, and also to check for illegal drug use. The team is also working on similar breath-based tests that could screen for ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Syndicated Local Confronting The Crisis opioids Source Type: news