Convicted nurse surrenders license
A year after her conviction for oxycodone distribution and conspiracy, a Jamestown registered nurse has surrendered her license to practice. Samilyn Olson was a registered professional nurse working who previously worked at the Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Jamestown. Last May, she was sentenced to one year home detention and three years of supervised release in Buffalo federal court after her convictions on conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of oxycodone.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - March 19, 2015 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Abuse-Deterrent OxyContin Won't Solve US Opioid EpidemicAbuse-Deterrent OxyContin Won't Solve US Opioid Epidemic
Abuse-deterrent opioid formulations curtail abuse but alone won't mitigate the US opioid abuse problem and may contribute to more heroin use, new research shows. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines)
Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines - March 17, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Abrupt decline in oxycodone-caused mortality after implementation of Florida's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program - Delcher C, Wagenaar AC, Goldberger BA, Cook RL, Maldonado-Molina MM.
BACKGROUND: In Florida, oxycodone-caused deaths declined substantially in 2012. Multiple important law enforcement, pharmaceutical, policy, and public health actions occurred concurrently, including implementation of a statewide Prescription Drug Monitorin... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - March 14, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Harder-to-abuse OxyContin doesn't stop addicts
Powerful painkiller was reformulated to make it crush-proof but determined abusers find a way around it (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Abuse-Deterrent OxyContin Shifted Patterns of Use, Introduced Heroin as Alternative (FREE)
By Joe Elia Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, FASAM OxyContin abuse changed but didn't end with the advent of an abuse-deterrent formulation in 2010, according to a … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - March 12, 2015 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Harder-to-abuse oxycontin doesn't stop illicit use
A reformulation of OxyContin that makes it less likely to be abused than the older formulation has curtailed the drug’s illicit use. But researchers have found that a significant percentage still abuse the drug despite package labeling that emphasizes its abuse-deterrent properties. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 11, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Patients Opt for Stronger Opioids
(MedPage Today) -- High-potency agents like oxycodone soared in popularity over the last decade. (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - February 25, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

oxycodone, OxyContin, Roxicodone, Oxecta
Title: oxycodone, OxyContin, Roxicodone, OxectaCategory: MedicationsCreated: 5/11/1998 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/25/2015 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - February 25, 2015 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

I-Team: Are Vaccines Causing Shoulder Injuries?
BOSTON (CBS) – Flu shots save lives. But the I-Team discovered that the vaccine also comes with a potential risk that few people know about; and the results can mean months or years of debilitating pain. Raul DeJesus got his flu shot a year-and-a-half ago. He now has nerve damage in his left arm and has very limited motion. The pain is so debilitating he takes powerful medications like a fentanyl patch, oxycodone and hydrocodone. “That’s just some of them; the list goes on and on,” he said. Debby Russo needed surgery to fix damage to her shoulder after her flu shot. “It was a lot of pain,...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mwschooley Tags: Health i-Team Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Chris McKinnon Flu Shots Paul Brazil Pharmacy Flu Shots Risky Flu Shots Shoulder Injuries Shoulder Injury SIRVA Vaccine Injury Compensation Program Vacci Source Type: news

Collegium Pharmaceutical Secures FDA Acceptance for Filing of NDA for XTAMPZA ER(TM) (Oxycodone Extended-Release Capsules), an Abuse-Deterrent Analgesic for Chronic Pain
(Source: Medical News (via PRIMEZONE))
Source: Medical News (via PRIMEZONE) - February 17, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Drug Overdose Is a National Crisis: It's Time to Act
Unfolding before our eyes is a national public health crisis: fatal drug overdose has increased more than six-fold in the past three decades. Today, more Americans are dying of drug overdoses than traffic accidents, primarily from heroin and prescription pills like oxycodone and Vicodin. Every single day, 120 people die in the U.S. of a drug overdose. My son died at the age of 25 after battling the disease of addiction for nearly a decade. Today, there are more than 22 million Americans who are fighting drug addiction and millions more who are affected by seeing this disease tear down a loved one. The debilitating dise...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Clinton Foundation To Help Make Anti-Overdose Drug Much More Affordable
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Naloxone, a medication known as the “overdose antidote,” can reverse the effects of an overdose from opioid drugs like heroin, Vicodin, OxyContin and morphine. Although Naloxone has saved tens of thousands of lives, and has been approved for use against drug overdose by the Food and Drug Administration since 1971, it's typically only administered by medical professionals. That began to change last April, when the FDA fast-tracked the approval of a device called Evzio. The device administers Naloxone as an auto-injectible, similar to the way epinephrine can be injected with an EpiPen. An...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prescription painkillers, widely used by childbearing age women, double birth defects risk
(March of Dimes Foundation) Many women are unaware that prescription opioid-based medications such as codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, or morphine, used to treat severe pain, may increase the risk for serious birth defects of the baby's brain, spine, and heart, as well as preterm birth when taken during pregnancy. Use of these medications also can cause babies to suffer withdrawal symptoms when born, a condition known as neonatal abstinence syndrome or NAS, a growing problem in US birthing hospitals. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 22, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Why one doctor says the DEA shouldn't mine Oregon's trove of painkiller data
Oregon doctors wrote nearly 3 million prescriptions in 2014 for hydrocodone and oxycodone, the top two narcotic painkillers, according to the Oregon Prescription Drug Monitoring Program's report for the year. Pharmacists and providers made 800,000 queries to the database, showing that it's become a useful tool for prescribers to screen patients and identify possible abuse. But Oregon doctors are concerned about three particular requests for information that were made last year. That's because they… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 16, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Why one doctor says the DEA shouldn't mine Oregon's trove of painkiller data
Oregon doctors wrote nearly 3 million prescriptions in 2014 for hydrocodone and oxycodone, the top two narcotic painkillers, according to the Oregon Prescription Drug Monitoring Program's report for the year. Pharmacists and providers made 800,000 queries to the database, showing that it's become a useful tool for prescribers to screen patients and identify possible abuse. But Oregon doctors are concerned about three particular requests for information that were made last year. That's because they… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 16, 2015 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Report highlights the dangers of opioid painkillers
Whenever I read or write about the overuse of so-called opioid painkillers it is with mixed feelings. As a lifelong back-pain patient who once depended on them for pain relief, I appreciate the challenge posed by opioids to people in pain and their doctors. People in agonizing pain want it to stop, but opioids are often a poor long-term solution. Doctors want to help their patients, so they may prescribe opioids for extended periods despite well-founded reservations. At the same time, the epidemic of abuse of these painkillers has led to numerous deaths. Like many Americans, I know people whose lives were destroyed—w...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - January 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Daniel Pendick Tags: Addiction Drugs and Supplements Pain Management hydrocodone opioids oxycodone Source Type: news

Abuse of opiate-based painkillers seen declining in U.S.
(Reuters Health) - - Abuse of opiate-based prescription painkillers such as oxycodone and morphine peaked around 2010-2011 and now may be on the decline in the United States, according to an analysis of databases designed to track illicit use of the drugs. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Crime Scene: A Doctor Who Denies He’s a Kingpin
Dr. Moshe B. Mirilashvili, 66, was charged in federal court with writing over 10,000 medically unnecessary prescriptions for oxycodone from his Manhattan office. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By MICHAEL WILSON Tags: Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) OxyContin (Drug) Mirilashvili, Moshe Washington Heights (Manhattan, NY) Source Type: news

The New Health Care: Painkiller Abuse, a Cyclical Challenge
The current wave of problems caused by opioid drugs like OxyContin is the third in United States history. Balancing their risks and benefits has been a delicate task. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - December 22, 2014 Category: American Health Authors: By AUSTIN FRAKT Tags: Regulation and Deregulation of Industry Pain-Relieving Drugs Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Drug Abuse and Traffic Food and Drug Administration Buprenorphine (Drug) Source Type: news

Behavioral flexibility and response selection are impaired after limited exposure to oxycodone - Seip-Cammack KM, Shapiro ML.
Behavioral flexibility allows individuals to adapt to situations in which rewards and goals change. Potentially addictive drugs may impair flexible decision-making by altering brain mechanisms that compute reward expectancies, thereby facilitating maladapt... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - December 20, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Minister Ambrose to consult Canadians on regulating tamper-resistant properties for prescription drugs
Today, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, announced the Government's consultation on a proposal to regulate tamper-resistant properties for prescription drugs that are at a high risk of abuse, including controlled-release oxycodone. (Source: Government of Canada News - Health Canada)
Source: Government of Canada News - Health Canada - December 18, 2014 Category: American Health Authors: Health Canada Source Type: news

In Which I Inadvertently Subject Myself to One of the Most Controversial Psychology Experiments of All Time
It was the most beautiful airport security line I'd ever seen. Where exactly this beauty came from, I couldn't quite say, but there it was: an incredible aura of magic and mystery surrounding this crowd of waiting people, the likes of which I'd never experienced before. I felt awash with emotion: gratitude, for the guards who patiently asked for our boarding passes and IDs; kinship, with my fellow line-standers who complied so diligently with their requests; and awe, at this remarkable--nay, inspiring--feat of organizational prowess. "You guys run such a tight ship!" I told a nearby officer. His head tilted sli...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 18, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Colorado Funds Multiple Studies On Marijuana's Medical Possibilities
The Colorado state Board of Health approved nearly $8 million in grant funding Wednesday for eight separate studies investigating the potential medical benefits of marijuana. All eight medical marijuana research projects that were recommended to the board received approval, Mark Salley, communications director for the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, told The Huffington Post. The studies, most of which will be overseen by researchers from various universities, will explore marijuana's efficacy when used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, Parkinson's disease, pediatric epilepsy and brain tumor...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 17, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Pharmaceutical Industry Profiting From a Solution to a Problem They Helped Create
Without getting into a complex discussion about regulatory law, the proper scope of government authority or the dynamics of a free market economy, I'd like to remain in the realm of gut-level common sense and ask one simple question: How much should the same industry that unleashes a devastating public health crisis be allowed to profit from any potential solution to that crisis? If your answer is "completely" or "as much as they want," you can probably stop reading now. But if you think there's something inherently predatory, repugnant and dangerous about such a scenario, you may want to know about on...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 16, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Proove Biosciences has presented at the Pain Society of the Carolinas...
Bilikis Akindale, MD MMCi, of Proove Biosciences presented a study of Genetics and Oxycodone Response to determine the Influence of Variations in ANKK1 and DBH in Individual Response to Oxycodone...(PRWeb December 10, 2014)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/12/prweb12385099.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - December 11, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

The New Heroin User
Today's heroin addict is college-aged, professional and white.read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - December 4, 2014 Category: Addiction Authors: Dale Archer, M.D. Tags: Addiction Health Media abuse drugs heroin OxyContin pain pain medication pain meds prescription pain meds Source Type: news

Rehab may be best option for young adult opiate addicts
(Reuters Health) - Young adults addicted to opiates like oxycodone and heroin may have the best chance at long-term abstinence in residential treatment - often known as rehab - programs, according to a recent study. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 28, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

FDA Approves 'Abuse-Resistant' Narcotic Painkiller
Agency says it's latest step in curbing epidemic of addiction to drugs such as Oxycontin, Vicodin (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 20, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Approves 'Abuse-Resistant' Narcotic Painkiller
Agency says it's latest step in curbing epidemic of addiction to drugs such as Oxycontin, Vicodin Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Pain Relievers, Prescription Drug Abuse (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - November 20, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Behavioral flexibility impaired after exposure to oxycodone
(The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine) Brief usage of the painkiller oxycodone may impair behavioral flexibility even after that use ends, suggesting impaired decision-making as an enduring consequence of exposure, according to a study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published Nov. 17 in the journal Learning and Memory. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 17, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Impact of abuse-deterrent OxyContin on prescription opioid utilization - Hwang CS, Chang HY, Alexander GC.
PURPOSE: We quantified the degree to which the August 2010 reformulation of abuse-deterrent OxyContin affected its use, as well as the use of alternative extended-release and immediate-release opioids. METHODS: We used the IMS Health National Presc... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - November 16, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Odds of Opioid Prescriptions Up in Head and Neck Cancer Patients
More oxycodone tablets provided per prescription for HNCA versus lung and colon cancer (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - November 11, 2014 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Gastroenterology, Oncology, ENT, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, Surgery, Anesthesiology & amp; Pain, Journal, Source Type: news

Purdue Launches Ad Campaign for OxyContin Claims
The $ 23.8 million ad campaign has been approved by a bankruptcy judge (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - November 11, 2014 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Anesthesiology & amp; Pain, Institutional, Source Type: news

Opioid overdose claims 70,000 lives each year – UN health agency
The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) released new guidelines today aimed at reducing the number deaths related to opioid overdose covering a range of drugs – from morphine and heroin to painkillers such as oxycodone – that claim nearly 70,000 lives each year. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 4, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

10 Ways To Strengthen Your Bond, As Told By Science
(Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 27, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drug-Addicted Kentucky Goes After OxyContin in "Potentially Crippling" Suit
Purdue, maker of best-selling painkiller OxyContin, is accused in a civil suit filed by the state of Kentucky of several actions that helped foster addiction. (Source: PharmaManufacturing.com)
Source: PharmaManufacturing.com - October 23, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Oxycodone may be more dangerous than other addictive pain medication
(Wiley) While all prescription opioids can be abused, oxycodone may be more potent in its ability to promote changes in the brain relevant to addiction. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 6, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Biotechnology: A new opium pipe
UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  That sinking feeling (again) Fly Title:  Biotechnology Rubric:  Narcotic drugs could soon be manufactured by yeast Main image:  20140830_STP006_0.jpg SYNTHETIC biology—the technique of moving genes from creature to creature not one at a time, but by the handful—promises much but has yet to deliver. Someone who believes it can, though, is Christina Smolke of St...
Source: Biotechnology - August 28, 2014 Category: Biotechnology Source Type: news

25 percent fewer opioid-related deaths in states allowing medical marijuana
On average, states allowing the medical use of marijuana have lower rates of deaths resulting from opioid analgesic overdoses than states without such laws. Opioid analgesics, such as OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin, are prescribed for moderate to severe pain, and work by suppressing a person’s perception of pain. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 26, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Targiniq ER (Oxycodone Hydrochloride and Naloxone Hydrochloride Extended Release Tablets) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - August 4, 2014 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

oxycodone, Oxycontin, Roxicodone, Oxect
Title: oxycodone, Oxycontin, Roxicodone, OxectCategory: MedicationsCreated: 5/11/1998 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/31/2014 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - July 31, 2014 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Tough-to-Abuse Formulation of Oxycodone Approved
Title: Tough-to-Abuse Formulation of Oxycodone ApprovedCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/24/2014 12:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 7/25/2014 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - July 25, 2014 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

FDA Approves New "Abuse-Deterrent" Oxycodone (FREE)
By Kristin J. Kelley The FDA has approved a new abuse-deterrent treatment for severe pain — oxycodone hydrochloride and naloxone hydrochloride extended-release tablets marketed as Targiniq ER. Approval was based on data from a clinical trial of … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - July 25, 2014 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

​FDA approves hard-to-abuse narcotic painkiller
Drug combines oxycodone and another ingredient that blunts the effect when tablet is crushed or broken (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - July 24, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Approves Hard-to-Abuse Narcotic Painkiller
Targiniq ER contains naloxone, which blunts euphoria of oxycodone when tablet is crushed or broken (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - July 24, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Approves Oxycodone with Abuse-deterrent Properties
Targiniq ER has properties that are expected to deter, but not totally prevent, abuse of the drug by snorting and injection (Source: PharmaManufacturing.com)
Source: PharmaManufacturing.com - July 24, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

New abuse-deterrent painkiller approved
In the painkiller world, oxycodone and naloxone seem like strange bedfellows. Oxycodone is a powerful painkiller, while naloxone is used to reverse painkiller overdose. On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration approved a drug combining the two,... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - July 24, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Abuse-deterrent painkiller approved
In the painkiller world, oxycodone and naloxone will seem like strange bedfellows. Oxycodone is a powerful painkiller, while naloxone is used to reverse painkiller overdose. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - July 24, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news