New York sues OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma over opioids
New York state on Tuesday said it has sued Purdue Pharma LP, accusing the OxyContin maker of widespread fraud and deception in the marketing of opioid products, contributing to a nationwide epidemic that has killed thousands. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

New York state sues Purdue
The state has thrown its hat in the ring with at least 26 more states to sue the OxyContin maker over the opoids (Source: PharmaManufacturing.com)
Source: PharmaManufacturing.com - August 14, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Looking Past Dementia Reveals Hidden Life Threats
You and your partner just went into service when the radio begins to chirp, “Unit 10, respond Code 3 to Seniorville Nursing Facility for an 85-year-old female with altered mental status.” You kick the truck into gear and are quickly on scene. The patient’s nurse tells you that the patient has been at the facility for three days for rehabilitation after a hip replacement that occurred one week ago. The patient was initially OK, but over the last 24 hours has been anorexic (i.e., not eating), agitated and is refusing to allow healthcare providers to assess her. Her condition has become so severe that they b...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Joseph K. Mesches, NRP, FP-C Tags: Exclusive Articles Patient Care Source Type: news

How Opioid Drugmakers Tried to Exploit OxyContin Debacle
(MedPage Today) -- Internal Purdue documents describe rivals'marketing tactics (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - August 7, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

FDA rejects Pain Therapeutics' lead drug, shares tumble
Pain Therapeutics Inc. is undergoing a major overhaul after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration rejected its new drug application for Remoxy, an extended-release and tamper-resistant version of the painkiller oxycodone. The Austin-based drugmaker said Monday in a securities filing it would shift its focus from painkillers to treatments for Alzheimer's disease. That comes after Pain Therapeutics (Nasdaq: PTIE) heard from the FDA that Remoxy data "do not support the conclusion" that its benefits… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - August 7, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Will Anderson Source Type: news

FDA Turns Down Abuse-Deterrent Remoxy ER for Pain FDA Turns Down Abuse-Deterrent Remoxy ER for Pain
The FDA has followed its Advisory Committee's earlier recommendation and nixed approval of abuse-deterrent oxycodone extended-release capsules (Remoxy ER) for severe pain.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Alert Source Type: news

Nonfiction: The Worst Drug Crisis in American History
Beth Macy ’ s “ Dopesick ” describes the opioid epidemic that is killing thousands every year. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JESSICA BRUDER Tags: Books and Literature Opioids and Opiates Macy, Beth Dopesick (Book) OxyContin (Drug) Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Appalachian Region Source Type: news

Oxycodone for Pain (OxyContin, Roxicodone, Oxecta, Oxaydo, Xtampza ER, Roxybond)
Title: Oxycodone for Pain (OxyContin, Roxicodone, Oxecta, Oxaydo, Xtampza ER, Roxybond)Category: MedicationsCreated: 5/11/1998 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/30/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - July 30, 2018 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

A New Study Shows Just How Much Doctors Prescribe Opioids
After years of rising use, federal data suggests that opioid prescriptions are beginning to drop off in the U.S., perhaps in an effort to curtail a substance abuse epidemic that continues to get worse. But new research suggests that many doctors are still prescribing these powerful drugs — even for relatively minor injuries. In fact, a quarter of patients treated for ankle sprains between 2011 and 2015 left the hospital with an opioid prescription, according to a paper published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. To reach that finding, University of Pennsylvania researchers analyzed private insurance claims filed ...
Source: TIME: Health - July 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime opioids Source Type: news

Surgeon Gets Life in Prison for Role in Opioid Death Surgeon Gets Life in Prison for Role in Opioid Death
The Florida spine surgeon was convicted by a federal jury on charges related to making counterfeit oxycodone in his office, which was linked to the overdose death of a 34-year-old woman.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - July 13, 2018 Category: Surgery Tags: Orthopaedics News Source Type: news

Drilling down to the details of opioid signaling
Despite using opioids for centuries for pain management, we still don ’t have a complete understanding of how drugs like morphine and oxycodone actually work. And that’s a problem for patients, who must weather side effects that can range from nausea and constipation to cognitive impairment, addiction, and, at high doses, even death. (Source: UCSF School of Pharmacy News)
Source: UCSF School of Pharmacy News - July 11, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Levi Gadye Source Type: news

Aurobindo in last lap to buy Mallinckrodt ’s US generics business
Mallinckrodt has the world ’s most diverse line of bulk medicinal controlled substances including fentanyl, methadone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, morphine and codeine-based drugs. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - July 10, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

OxyContin manufacturer says it has suspended active marketing of the drug in Canada
Purdue Pharma Canada says in a letter to the federal health minister that it wants to help address the opioid crisis but the company denies any wrongdoing in the way it promoted OxyContin in Canada. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

OxyContin manufacturer says it has suspended active marketing of its opioids in Canada
Purdue Pharma Canada says in a letter to the federal health minister that it wants to help address the opioid crisis but the company denies any wrongdoing in the way it promoted OxyContin in Canada. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Company that made OxyContin says it has suspended active marketing of its opioids in Canada
Purdue Pharma Canada says in a letter to the federal health minister that it wants to help address the opioid crisis but the company denies any wrongdoing in the way it promoted OxyContin in Canada. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Golden doctor arrested for selling oxycodone, bilking insurers
A Golden doctor was arrested Thursday for reportedly selling oxycodone prescriptions and bilking insurance companies. John Van Wu, 48, operated medical clinics in Lakewood and Denver between January 2011 and March 2015 when he allegedly billed employee benefit programs and insurers for treatments that weren't provided nor medically needed, according to the government. "The defendant billed insurance programs for expensive, time-consuming office visits when his patients had relatively routine ailments. He… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - June 29, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Ben Miller Source Type: news

Golden doctor arrested for selling oxycodone, bilking insurers
A Golden doctor was arrested Thursday for reportedly selling oxycodone prescriptions and bilking insurance companies. John Van Wu, 48, operated medical clinics in Lakewood and Denver between January 2011 and March 2015 when he allegedly billed employee benefit programs and insurers for treatments that weren't provided nor medically needed, according to the government. "The defendant billed insurance programs for expensive, time-consuming office visits when his patients had relatively routine ailments. He… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 29, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ben Miller Source Type: news

FDA Panels Nix Approval of Abuse-Deterrent Oxycodone for Pain FDA Panels Nix Approval of Abuse-Deterrent Oxycodone for Pain
Two FDA advisory committees voted 14-3 against approval recommendation for Remoxy ER, voicing concerns over the product's claims of abuse deterrence via various routes.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Another Oxycodone Drug Set to Go Before FDA Advisors
(MedPage Today) -- Remoxy intended to deter abuse by smoking, snorting or injecting (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - June 25, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Risky Prescribing Boosts Opioid Death Risk
MONDAY, June 25, 2018 -- When opioid pain medications, such as OxyContin, are prescribed in a risky manner, that increases a patient's chances of death. That's the conclusion of a new study by RAND Corporation researchers who analyzed prescribing... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 25, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Purdue Pharma "misrepresented" impact of OxyContin, former sales rep says
Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, admitted to falsley claiming the drug was less addictive than other opioids. But a former salesperson says the company's questionable practices did not end there. CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pharma company facing opioid lawsuits lays off salesforce
OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma LP has laid off about 350 employees including the remainder of its sales staff as the beleaguered company carries through with a promise to stop promoting opioids to doctors and shift its focus to different drugs.   “Purdue Pharma is taking significant steps to transform and diversify beyond our historic focus of pain medications,” Purdue said in a statement.  OxyContin generated $1.8 billion in sales in 2017, per Reuters. Purdue first cut its salesforce… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 21, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Anne Stych Source Type: news

Purdue Pharma used deceptive sales tactic for OxyContin after settlement, ex-sales rep says
Purdue Pharma laid off its entire sales team this week. Now only on "CBS This Morning," a former Purdue sales representative reveals the drugmaker downplayed the dangers of opioids, even after pleading guilty to a felony charge of "misbranding." Purdue's 2007 settlement with the Justice Department included more than $630 million in fines. Tony Dokoupil spoke with the whistleblower. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Whistleblower: Purdue Pharma continued deceptive sales practices for OxyContin after 2007
A former sales representative for Purdue Pharma? tells CBS News' Tony Dokoupil that the drug maker continued to engage in deceptive sales practices for its opiate painkiller OxyContin later than the company previously acknowledged. Carol Panara joined Purdue Pharma as a sales representative in 2008. Watch the full report Thursday, June 21 on "CBS This Morning," which airs 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET/PT. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Whistleblower: Purdue Pharma continued deceptive sales practices for OxyContin after 2007
Watch the full report Thursday, June 21 on "CBS This Morning," which airs 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET/PT (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Purdue axes remaining sales force as legal troubles mount
With an avalanche of opioid-related lawsuits piling onto Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin has laid off 350 employees. (Source: PharmaManufacturing.com)
Source: PharmaManufacturing.com - June 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Many Doctors Give Morphine to Babies Born With Opioid Addiction. A New Study Suggests There ’s a Better Way
As the opioid crisis continues, an estimated one baby is born every 20 minutes to a mother who is addicted to the painkilling drugs. But doctors have few proven ways to treat those infants who become dependent on opioids in utero and are born in withdrawal from the drugs. “Despite the fact that we have seen increases in NAS in recent years, there is still significant uncertainty about who to treat, when to treat and what agents to use,” says Dr. Jonathan Davis, vice chair of pediatrics at Tufts Medical Center. “And then there are questions about how fast to increase the dose, and how fast to take the babi...
Source: TIME: Health - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized healthytime medicine onetime Source Type: news

Massachusetts Sues OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma Over Opioid Crisis
BOSTON (AP/CBS) — Massachusetts sued the maker of prescription opioid painkiller OxyContin and its executives on Tuesday, accusing the company of spinning a “web of illegal deceit” to fuel the deadly drug abuse crisis while boosting profits. Purdue Pharma is already defending lawsuits from several states and local governments, but Massachusetts is the first state to personally name the company’s executives in a complaint, Attorney General Maura Healey said. It names 16 current and former executives and board members, including CEO Craig Landau and members of the Sackler family, which owns Purdue. Th...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Politics Lisa Gresci Local TV Maura Healey opioid crisis OxyContin Purdue Pharma Source Type: news

Massachusetts sues opioid maker, executives over drug crisis
Massachusetts is suing the maker of OxyContin over the deadly opioid crisis and is the first state to also target company executives (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Every Time I Thought the Purdue Pharma OxyContin Story Was Over, I Was Wrong
Not only would a previously undisclosed prosecution report surface more than a decade after it was written, but as fate would have it, I would be in it. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: BARRY MEIER Tags: Purdue Pharma OxyContin (Drug) Drug Abuse and Traffic Friedman, Michael (Pharmaceutical Executive) Goldenheim, Paul D Udell, Howard Source Type: news

Egalet Appoints Industry Veteran John Varian to Board of Directors
WAYNE, Pa., June 7, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Egalet Corporation (Nasdaq: EGLT) ("Egalet"), a fully integrated specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and marketing innovative treatments for ... Biopharmaceuticals, Personnel Egalet, ARYMO ER, morphine, OXAYDO, oxycodone (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - June 7, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

FDA takes action against 53 websites marketing unapproved opioids as part of a comprehensive effort to target illegal online sales
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that it has warned nine online networks, operating a total of 53 websites, that they must stop illegally marketing potentially dangerous, unapproved and misbranded versions of opioid medications, including tramadol and oxycodone. Companies who fail to correct the violations, as outlined in the warning letters, may be subject to enforcement action, including product seizure or injunction. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - June 5, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured FDA Regulatory Affairs Source Type: news

FDA takes action against 53 websites marketing unapproved opioids as part of a comprehensive effort to target illegal online sales
FDA announced that it has warned nine online networks, operating a total of 53 websites, that they must stop illegally marketing potentially dangerous, unapproved and misbranded versions of opioid medications, including tramadol and oxycodone. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - June 5, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Utah Sues Opioid Maker Purdue Pharma After Settlement Talks Stall Utah Sues Opioid Maker Purdue Pharma After Settlement Talks Stall
Utah's attorney general on Thursday sued OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP to hold it responsible for its role in the opioid epidemic after he said talks to reach a settlement between various states and the drugmaker stopped being productive.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

#DYK #Opioids are a type of drug that includes the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin ® ) #FDAInnovationChallenge (1 of 2 messages)
#DYK #Opioids are a type of drug that includes the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®) #FDAInnovationChallenge (1 of 2 messages) (Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)
Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew - June 1, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: ( at FDADeviceInfo) Source Type: news

The Latest: Opioid drugmaker wants Alaska lawsuit dismissed
An attorney for the company that makes the prescription opioid OxyContin says there is an opioid crisis but the state of Alaska has no legal basis for trying to pin that crisis on the company, Purdue Pharma. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Opioid maker seeks dismissal of Alaska lawsuit
The maker of the prescription opioid painkiller OxyContin is asking a judge in Alaska to dismiss a lawsuit that lays blame with the company for the state's epidemic of opioid abuse (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Utah sues opioid maker Purdue Pharma after settlement talks stall
(Reuters) - Utah's attorney general on Thursday sued OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP to hold it responsible for its role in the opioid epidemic after he said talks to reach a settlement between various states and the drugmaker stopped being productive. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

​Origins of an epidemic: Purdue Pharma knew its opioids were widely abused
A confidential Justice Department report shows that federal prosecutors investigating the company found that Purdue Pharma knew about “significant” abuse of OxyContin in the first years after the drug’s introduction in 1996 and concealed that information. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - May 29, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Barry Meier Source Type: news

​Origins of an epidemic: Purdue Pharma knew its opioids were widely abused
A confidential Justice Department report shows that federal prosecutors investigating the company found that Purdue Pharma knew about “significant” abuse of OxyContin in the first years after the drug’s introduction in 1996 and concealed that information. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 29, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Barry Meier Source Type: news

Origins of an Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew Its Opioids Were Widely Abused
A confidential Justice Department report found the company was aware early on that OxyContin was being crushed and snorted for its powerful narcotic, but continued to promote it as less addictive. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: BARRY MEIER Tags: Pain-Relieving Drugs Opioids and Opiates Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Drug Abuse and Traffic Addiction (Psychology) OxyContin (Drug) Justice Department Purdue Pharma Sackler family Richard Sackler Paul Goldenheim Michael Friedman Howard Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Minute: Be careful not to pop pain pills
Overdose death is the leading cause of injury death in the U.S., according to the?U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Heroin is a major player in overdose deaths but so are prescription opioid pain medications. Prescription pain medications,?such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine, are necessary in some instances. But, Mayo Clinic experts say, some [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - May 28, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Traces Of Opioids Found In Seattle-Area Mussels
Researchers said the discovery of pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs in local harbors is not uncommon, but the agency noted that this is the first time that oxycodone has been found in shellfish.(Image credit: David Silverman/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Vanessa Romo Source Type: news

Mussels in Puget Sound test positive for opioids
Shellfish in the Puget Sound, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean along the northwest coast of Washington, tested positive for the prescription opioid oxycodone. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mussels off Seattle coast test positive for opioids
Enough Seattle residents are now taking oxycodone for the chemicals they excrete to register in shellfish out in Puget Sound (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

US opioid crisis hits Indian pharma companies
The total market size of opioid-based painkillers is estimated at $24 billion, with Fentanyl and Oxycontin being some of the commonly prescribed drugs. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - May 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals 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: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