OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma considering bankruptcy filing, reports say
Opiod maker Purdue Pharma LP, which makes OxyContin, is considering filing for bankruptcy, according to reports. The Wall Street Journal and Reuters both report that the privately held Connecticut drug company would file for bankruptcy to contain liability from hundreds of lawsuits filed around the country, alleging the company is partly responsible for the nation's deadly opioid crisis. The Journal reporte d that Purdue Pharma has hired AlixPartners LLP, a New York-based consulting firm known for… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - March 4, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: Ben Miller Source Type: news

OxyContin maker: Lawsuit distorts facts, scapegoats company
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is asking a Massachusetts court to throw out a lawsuit filed by the state's attorney general that accuses the company, its owners and top executives of deceiving patients and doctors about the risks of opioids (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - March 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Purdue Pharma says Mass. lawsuit is 'sensational and inflammatory'
Purdue Pharma has fired back at Massachusetts state attorneys blaming the company for the state ’s opioid crisis, filing a motion to dismiss the state’s lawsuit. The motion, made in Suffolk Superior Court Friday, is in response to a nearly 300-page lawsuit that Attorney General Maura Healey first filed against Purdue in June and then expanded in December, accusing the company and 16 curr ent and former executives of misleading doctors and patients about the risks of OxyContin, an opioid manufactured… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - March 4, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

OxyContin drug maker mulls bankruptcy due to myriad lawsuits
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP explores filing for bankruptcy to address potentially significant liabilities from roughly 2,000 lawsuits alleging the drug manufacturer contributed to the deadly opioid crisis sweeping the United States, people familiar with the matter said on Monday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Business Source Type: news

Drug manufacturer says FDA helped spark opioid epidemic after it began broadly marketing OxyContin
A drug manufacturer says the FDA helped kick-start the opioid epidemic after it changed the label of OxyContin and broadened the drug's use for long-term pain management, not just short-term (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Allegations Against the Maker of OxyContin Are Piling Up. Here ’s What They Could Mean for the Billionaire Family Behind Purdue Pharma
Executives from Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of the powerful opioid painkiller OxyContin, admitted in federal court in 2007 that Purdue’s marketing practices and interactions with doctors had understated the strength and addictive potential of the drug — an omission that many experts believe contributed to an opioid epidemic that claimed nearly 50,000 American lives in 2017 alone. But on Thursday, the release of a previously sealed deposition from 2015 showed that Purdue executives knew of OxyContin’s strength long before that $600 million settlement. The deposition, which had been filed in court, reve...
Source: TIME: Health - February 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Drugs healthytime onetime Source Type: news

Sackler Testimony Appears to Conflict With Federal Investigation
Publication of a sealed deposition by Richard Sackler of Purdue Pharma shows inconsistencies between his statements about OxyContin and evidence presented in a Justice Department report. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: BARRY MEIER Tags: your-feed-science Opioids and Opiates OxyContin (Drug) Drug Abuse and Traffic Advertising and Marketing Purdue Pharma Sackler, Richard (1945- ) Source Type: news

Sackler Embraced Plan to Conceal OxyContin's Strength From Doctors Sackler Embraced Plan to Conceal OxyContin's Strength From Doctors
Richard Sackler, whose family has reaped billions of dollars from OxyContin, boasted that sales exceeded his'fondest dreams,'according to a secret court document obtained by ProPublica.ProPublica (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Hepatitis C Infection Rates Up After OxyContin Reformulation
222 percent increase in HCV infection rates seen after reformulation in states with above - median misuse (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - February 6, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, Infections, Internal Medicine, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Journal, Source Type: news

Did Abuse-Deterrent Oxy Spur Higher Heroin Usage? Did Abuse-Deterrent Oxy Spur Higher Heroin Usage?
A new study adds evidence to the idea that efforts to curb abuse of OxyContin may have had serious unintended public health consequences, says Dr Perry Wilson.Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Commentary Source Type: news

'Safer' OxyContin pills drove a RISE in hepatitis C rates
After 2010, when OxyContin was reformulated to be harder to abuse, heroin and hepatitis C rates rocketed in OxyContin's top prescribing states, the RAND Corporation says. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hepatitis C Infection Rates Up After OxyContin Reformulation
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6, 2019 -- States with above-median OxyContin misuse before reformulation of the drug experienced a 222 percent increase in hepatitis C infection rates after reformulation, according to a report published in the February issue of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 6, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

OxyContin Tied to Spike in Hepatitis C
Abuse-Deterrent OxyContin Tied to Spike in Hepatitis C (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - February 5, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Making OxyContin 'Tamper Proof' Helped Spread Hepatitis C
Title: Making OxyContin 'Tamper Proof' Helped Spread Hepatitis CCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/4/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/5/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Digestion General)
Source: MedicineNet Digestion General - February 5, 2019 Category: Nutrition Source Type: news

'Safer' OxyContin pills drove a RISE in hepatitis C rates
After 2010, when OxyContin was reformulated to be harder to abuse, heroin and hepatitis C rates rocketed in OxyContin's top prescribing states, the RAND Corporation says. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Abuse-Deterrent OxyContin Tied to Spike in Hepatitis C Abuse-Deterrent OxyContin Tied to Spike in Hepatitis C
The introduction of abuse-deterrent OxyContin may be a factor in the sharp rise in hepatitis C infections in the United States because drug abusers switched to injectable heroin, research suggests.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Alert Source Type: news

Did OxyContin Reformulation Boost HCVRates?
(MedPage Today) -- Association suggests " unintended consequence " of abuse deterrent opioids (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - February 4, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Did OxyContin Reformulation Boost HCV Rates?
(MedPage Today) -- Association suggests " unintended consequence " of abuse deterrent opioids (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - February 4, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Making OxyContin'Tamper Proof' Helped Spread Hepatitis C
MONDAY, Feb. 4, 2019 -- An effort to make the opioid painkiller OxyContin harder to abuse drove addicted patients to heroin and caused a dramatic increase in hepatitis C, a new study suggests. In a classic case of unintended consequences,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 4, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Reformulation of OxyContin to Discourage Abuse Linked to Higher Rates of Hepatitis C Infections
Reformulation of the pain medicine OxyContin in 2010 to make it more difficult to abuse directly led to a large rise in hepatitis C infections as drug abusers switched from the prescription medication to injectable heroin. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - February 4, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

McKinsey Advised Purdue Pharma How to ‘ Turbocharge ’ Opioid Sales, Lawsuit Says
The disclosures about the consulting firm are part of the Massachusetts attorney general ’ s suit against the pharmaceutical giant, which is accused of misleading doctors and patients about the safety of the medication. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MICHAEL FORSYTHE and WALT BOGDANICH Tags: McKinsey & Co Purdue Pharma OxyContin (Drug) Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Opioids and Opiates Suits and Litigation (Civil) Massachusetts Source Type: news

Direct-to-Doctor Payments May Increase Opioid Prescribing
FRIDAY, Feb. 1, 2019 -- Physicians who receive direct pharmaceutical payments for opioid prescribing prescribe more opioids, especially hydrocodone and oxycodone, according to a study published online Jan. 22 in Addiction. Thuy D. Nguyen, Ph.D.,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 1, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Sackler Scion ’ s Email Reveals Push for High-Dose OxyContin, New Lawsuit Disclosures Claim
Purdue Pharma tried to maximize profits by marketing the drug to keep patients on higher doses for longer periods, a lawsuit charges. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: BARRY MEIER Tags: Pain-Relieving Drugs Suits and Litigation (Civil) Drug Abuse and Traffic Addiction (Psychology) Opioids and Opiates OxyContin (Drug) Advertising and Marketing Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Purdue Pharma Source Type: news

OxyContin Maker Explored Expansion Into Anti-Addiction Market OxyContin Maker Explored Expansion Into Anti-Addiction Market
Secret portions of a lawsuit allege that Purdue Pharma considered capitalizing on the addiction treatment boom — while going to extreme lengths to boost sales of its controversial opioid.ProPublica (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Judge orders full release of Massachusetts lawsuit against Purdue Pharma
A Massachusetts judge has ruled for the release of the full complaint Attorney General Maura Healey filed against Purdue Pharma, exposing redacted allegations that the company has called “egregious mischaracterizations.”  The lawsuit against Purdue was first filed by Healey in June, accusing the company and 16 current and former executives of misleading doctors and patients about the risks of OxyContin, an opioid manufactured by Purdue. The lawsuit was expanded, and 700 sectio ns were redacted,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 29, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Judge orders full release of Massachusetts lawsuit against Purdue Pharma
A Massachusetts judge has ruled for the release of the full complaint Attorney General Maura Healey filed against Purdue Pharma, exposing redacted allegations that the company has called “egregious mischaracterizations.”  The lawsuit against Purdue was first filed by Healey in June, accusing the company and 16 current and former executives of misleading doctors and patients about the risks of OxyContin, an opioid manufactured by Purdue. The lawsuit was expanded, and 700 sectio ns were redacted,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 29, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Judge weighs release of more details of Purdue's opioid marketing plan
A Massachusetts state judge could rule as soon as Monday on whether to make public behind-the-scenes details of Purdue Pharma ’s opioid marketing campaign that are currently redacted in a state lawsuit against the company. Those details are part of a 300-page lawsuit that Attorney General Maura Healey first filed against Purdue in June, which accused the company and 16 current and former executives of misleading doctor s and patients about the risks of OxyContin, an opioid manufactured by Purdue.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 27, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Judge weighs release of more details of Purdue's opioid marketing plan
A Massachusetts state judge could rule as soon as Monday on whether to make public behind-the-scenes details of Purdue Pharma ’s opioid marketing campaign that are currently redacted in a state lawsuit against the company. Those details are part of a 300-page lawsuit that Attorney General Maura Healey first filed against Purdue in June, which accused the company and 16 current and former executives of misleading doctor s and patients about the risks of OxyContin, an opioid manufactured by Purdue.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 27, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Family behind OxyContin accused of marketing the drug knowing it's addictive
The attorney general of Massachusetts on Friday pushed for the release of more documents from Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin. Members of the family that own Purdue are accused of marketing the drug, despite knowing how addictive it can be. Tony Dokoupil reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - January 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Family behind Purdue Pharma engineered opioid crisis, Massachusetts AG says
Only on "CBS This Morning," we're hearing from the Massachusetts attorney general who blames the founding family of a pharmaceutical company for helping create the opioid drug crisis. In a lawsuit, the state targets Purdue Pharma and eight members of the Sackler family. It alleges they are "personally responsible" for deceptively selling OxyContin. Purdue Pharma called the accusations "a rush to vilify" the drugmaker. Tony Dokoupil reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - January 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Family behind OxyContin maker fueled opioid crisis, Massachusetts AG says
In a lawsuit, the state targets eight members of the Sackler family, alleging they are "personally responsible" for deceptively selling OxyContin (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - January 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Benzos, Opioids and Z-Drugs: Deadly Combos
With all the news media accounts and reports from governmental health organizations about the opioid epidemic, including the 70,237 drug overdose deaths in 2017, a newly emerging threat is gaining attention: use and misuse of benzodiazepines, opioid drugs and Z-drugs. Specifically, combining these three drugs can create a deadly combination that snuffs out lives. Benzodiazepine Overdose Deaths on the Rise Benzodiazepines, a class of sedative narcotic drugs including Xanax and Valium used to treat anxiety, insomnia and other disorders and classified as Schedule IV under the Controlled Substances Act by the Drug Enforcement ...
Source: Psych Central - January 23, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Suzanne Kane Tags: Addictions Substance Abuse Suicide Source Type: news

Inside the Specialized ‘Recovery’ High Schools Designed Just for Teens With Addiction
SEATTLE — It’s the last class period of the day. The students lean back on couches and take turns describing the most important day of their lives: the day they became sober. For Marques Martinez, that date was Nov. 15, 2016. Until then, he had used OxyContin, Xanax and nearly every other drug he could get his hands on, he said. He had been suspended from school for selling drugs. “I knew what I was doing was bad,” he said. “But I didn’t think there was another way.” Two years ago, Martinez’s parents sent him to an in-patient treatment center and then enrolled him in this unu...
Source: TIME: Health - January 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Anna Gorman / Kaiser Health News Tags: Uncategorized Addiction Source Type: news

The Sackler family wanted to sell OxyContin as an UNCONTROLLED substance, court documents allege
A massive filing in the Massachusetts case against the Sackler family contains damning evidence that the family wanted to market the drug as a non-addictive substance outside the US. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pharma Owners Accused of Lying About Oxycontin
A court filing appears to link the family that owns Purdue Pharma with specific decisions the company made about the marketing of OxyContin, which contributed to the U.S. opioid epidemic, The New York Times reported. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - January 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prosecutor Claims Drug Maker Pushed OxyContin Despite Danger Signs
BOSTON (AP) — A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people at the prescription opioid painkiller's launch party in the 1990s that it would be "followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition," according to court documents filed Tuesday. The details were made public in a case brought by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey that accuses Purdue Pharma, its executives and members of the Sackler family of deceiving patients and doctors about the risks of opioids and pushing prescribers to keep patients on the drug longer. The documents provide informati...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 16, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Prosecutor Claims Drug Maker Pushed OxyContin Despite Danger Signs
BOSTON (AP) — A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people at the prescription opioid painkiller's launch party in the 1990s that it would be "followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition," according to court documents filed Tuesday. The details were made public in a case brought by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey that accuses Purdue Pharma, its executives and members of the Sackler family of deceiving patients and doctors about the risks of opioids and pushing prescribers to keep patients on the drug longer. The documents provide informati...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - January 16, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

OxyContin maker promised 'a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition'
OxyContin and Purdue Pharma are at the center of lawsuits across the country accusing the drug industry of being responsible for an opioid crisis that killed 72,000 Americans in 2017. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prosecutor: Drug maker pushed OxyContin despite danger signs
Massachusetts court filing says company that makes opioid sought 'blizzard of prescriptions' when it launched the drug in the 1990s (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

​Sacklers directed efforts to mislead public about OxyContin, new documents indicate
When evidence of growing abuse of the drug became clear in the early 2000s, then-president of Purdue Pharma, Richard Sackler, advised pushing blame onto people who had become addicted. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - January 16, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: Barry Meier Source Type: news

​Sacklers directed efforts to mislead public about OxyContin, new documents indicate
When evidence of growing abuse of the drug became clear in the early 2000s, then-president of Purdue Pharma, Richard Sackler, advised pushing blame onto people who had become addicted. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 16, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Barry Meier Source Type: news

Health Highlights: Jan. 16, 2019
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Purdue Pharma Owners Lied About Dangers of OxyContin: Court Filing The family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma directed attempts to play... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 16, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Purdue Pharma Owners Lied About Dangers of OxyContin: Court Filing
Title: Purdue Pharma Owners Lied About Dangers of OxyContin: Court FilingCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/16/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/16/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - January 16, 2019 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Sacklers Directed Efforts to Mislead Public About OxyContin, New Documents Indicate
A filing in a Massachusetts lawsuit contains dozens of internal Purdue Pharma documents suggesting the family was far more involved than the company has long contended. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: BARRY MEIER Tags: Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Drug Abuse and Traffic OxyContin (Drug) Addiction (Psychology) Opioids and Opiates Suits and Litigation (Civil) Purdue Pharma Richard Sackler Massachusetts Source Type: news

Filing: OxyContin maker forecast 'blizzard of prescriptions'
Massachusetts court filing says company that makes opioid sought 'blizzard of prescriptions' when it launched the drug in the 1990s (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Documents: OxyContin maker boasted about potential sales
A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people gathered at the prescription opioid painkiller's launch party in the 1990s that it would be "followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition" (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Family behind Purdue Pharma pushed opioid marketing, Massachusetts says
Members of the wealthy Sackler family behind Purdue Pharma LP personally pushed the company to boost sales of OxyContin and other opioid products even as questions emerged about the extent its painkillers were being abused, Massachusetts' attorney general alleged on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

RoxyBond (Oxycodone Hydrochloride Tablets) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - January 8, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What to know about oxycodone
Oxycodone is an opioid drug that doctors prescribe to help manage moderate to severe pain. In this article, we look at the uses, risks, and effectiveness of oxycodone, along with its addictive potential. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pharmacy / Pharmacist Source Type: news

Updated lawsuit teases new details against OxyContin maker
An updated complaint in Massachusetts' lawsuit against Purdue Pharma claims members of the family that owns the OxyContin maker are personally responsible for fueling abuse of the deadly painkiller (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news