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

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 ...
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

Victims gain a voice to help guide Purdue Pharma bankruptcy
Victims of opioid addiction weren't in the room when OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma persuaded half the state attorneys general to settle claims over the company's role in the nationwide overdose epidemic (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

New Breath Test Detects Opioid Use
Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed an interesting way to combat the opioid crisis. The group, comprised of engineers and physicians, have developed a test that can detect opioid drugs in exhaled breath. "There are a few ways we think this could impact society," Professor Cristina Davis, chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UC Davis, who led the research along with Professor Michael Schivo from the UC Davis Medical Center, said in a release. The work is described in a paper published in the Journal of Breath Research Oct. 3. Doctors and nurses treating c...
Source: MDDI - October 5, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: MDDI Staff Tags: IVD Source Type: news

Jury Convicts Shamo of Leading Drug Trafficking Network
Aaron Michael Shamo, fentanyl, alprazolam, China, fake oxycodone pills, counterfeit Xanax, pill presses, Pharma-Master, Dark Net, AlphaBay, U.S. mail, criminal enterprise, Cottonwood Heights UT, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - October 4, 2019 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

AP Exclusive: Colleges got millions from opioid maker owners
Prestigious universities accepted at least $60M from family that owns OxyContin maker over past 5 years (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Purdue Pharma to stay in business as bankruptcy unfolds
A judge has cleared the way for OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to stay in business while it pursues bankruptcy protection and settlement of lawsuits (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Would a Purdue Bankruptcy Protect the Sacklers? Good Question.
Here ’s what the OxyContin maker’s Chapter 11 filing means and doesn’t mean. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jan Hoffman Tags: Purdue Pharma Sackler Family Opioids and Opiates Bankruptcies OxyContin (Drug) Suits and Litigation (Civil) States (US) Attorneys General Local Government your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

Purdue Pharma Responds to Wave of Opioids Litigation by Filing for Bankruptcy. What Happens Now?
Purdue Pharma, a pharmaceutical company facing an onslaught of litigation for allegedly contributing to the opioid crisis, filed for bankruptcy on Sunday as part of a tentative, yet controversial settlement with state and local governments. Purdue is being sued in various courts over using allegedly deceptive marketing practices to promote its prescription painkiller OxyContin. One major federal case before an Ohio judge involves at least 1,600 consolidated lawsuits from across the country, including regions hard-hit by the crisis, like Portsmouth, Ohio, and Huntington, W.Va. On Monday, the judge overseeing that case remov...
Source: TIME: Health - September 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sanya Mansoor Tags: Uncategorized onetime opioid crisis Source Type: news

Can Purdue Pharma's opioid settlement win judge's approval?
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma says its bankruptcy filing is not a way to seek refuge but rather an effort to resolve claims against it (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Purdue Files for Bankruptcy Over Opioid Crisis Suits
MONDAY, Sept. 16, 2019 -- OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, touching off what could be a fierce battle by dozens of states hoping to recoup billions spent fighting the opioid crisis. As reported by The New York... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - September 16, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

AG Healey outlines opposition to $10B Purdue settlement
Attorney General Maura Healey's office plans to formally oppose the bankruptcy petition of Oxycontin manufacturer Purdue Pharma and will seek to keep its own lawsuit against Purdue and its controlling Sackler family alive even as about two dozen states agree to a multi-billion dollar settlement with the company. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 16, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Colin A. Young Source Type: news

AG Healey outlines opposition to $10B Purdue settlement
Attorney General Maura Healey's office plans to formally oppose the bankruptcy petition of Oxycontin manufacturer Purdue Pharma and will seek to keep its own lawsuit against Purdue and its controlling Sackler family alive even as about two dozen states agree to a multi-billion dollar settlement with the company. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 16, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Colin A. Young Source Type: news

'Once you have it, you need it': Opioid epidemic still rages
As lawyers exchange mountains of paper and dicker over the details of a settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, Americans are dying from opioids by the tens of thousands (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Purdue Pharma, Maker of OxyContin, Files for Bankruptcy
The filing is a centerpiece of an agreement to settle thousands of cases against the company for its role in the opioids crises. But it is expected to be vigorously contested by many states. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jan Hoffman and Mary Williams Walsh Tags: your-feed-science Suits and Litigation (Civil) Bankruptcies States (US) OxyContin (Drug) Opioids and Opiates Drug Abuse and Traffic Purdue Pharma Sackler Family Source Type: news

After bankruptcy filing, Purdue Pharma may not be off hook
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has filed for bankruptcy protection in a deal that would give its future profits to those suing it over the toll of opioids (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Purdue Pharma files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, the drug widely seen as igniting the opioid crisis, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Sunday night, a move at the center of the company ’s efforts to shield itself and its owners from more than 2,600 federal and state lawsuits. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 16, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jan Hoffman and Mary Williams Walsh Source Type: news

OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma Files For Bankruptcy Over Opioid Settlement
The Chapter 11 filing, approved on Sunday, comes after a tentative deal struck with dozens of states to settle thousands of lawsuits over Purdue's alleged role in the opioid crisis. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 16, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Isabel Togoh, Forbes Staff Source Type: news

Purdue Files for Bankruptcy Over Opioid Crisis Suits, With Many States Objecting
MONDAY, Sept. 16, 2019 -- OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, touching off what could be a fierce battle by dozens of states hoping to recoup billions spent fighting the opioid crisis. As reported by The New York... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 16, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Amid settlement talks, opioids keep taking a grim toll
As the nation's attorneys general debate a legal settlement with Purdue Pharma, the opioid epidemic associated with its blockbuster painkiller OxyContin rages on in state after state, community after community (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, files for bankruptcy as part of settlement
Purdue Pharma, the company that made billions selling the prescription painkiller OxyContin, filed for bankruptcy in White Plains, N.Y., days after reaching a tentative settlement with many of the state and local governments suing it over the toll of opioids. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Dishing out more drugs won ’t stop the pain. Doctors need new tools | Ann Robinson
As a GP, I know opioids have their place. But we shouldn ’t be complacent about a US-style crisis happening in BritainGrowing concern about the prescription of drugs that cause dependence has been backed up by a recent report from Public Health England (PHE). The agencydiscovered that in 2017-18, 13% of adults in England received at least one prescription for opioids such as morphine or oxycodone (although this represented a slight downturn in prescribing after a long upward trend). Other drug classes were implicated too, with 25% of adults prescribed one or more of the following drugs: benzodiazepines (such as Valiu...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 15, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Ann Robinson Tags: Opioids GPs NHS Doctors Health Society Drugs policy Politics Science UK news Source Type: news

The rise and fall of an Eagle Scout's deadly fentanyl empire
The trial of a 29-year-old drug lord who managed to flood the country with a half-million fake oxycodone pills reveals the ease with which fentanyl now moves around the world (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Sackler family used Swiss banks to hide transfers: Filings
New York's attorney general contends in court papers filed Friday that the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma used Swiss and other hidden accounts to transfer $1 billion to themselves (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

The Latest: Sackler spokesperson defends oversea transfers
A spokesperson for Mortimer D.A. Sackler has defended $1 billion in previously unknown transfers from OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to his family, saying they were "perfectly legal and appropriate in every respect." (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Court filings: Family behind OxyContin used Swiss bank accounts to conceal transfer of millions of dollars to themselves
(Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Chaotic talks show challenge of reaching opioid settlement
Attorneys general representing about half the states say they reject the terms of a deal to settle claims against the maker of OxyContin for its role in the opioid crisis (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Tentative opioid deal won't end court battles for Purdue
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has reached a tentative settlement to government lawsuits over its role in a national opioid crisis, but that won't end its legal battles (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Purdue Pharma Tentatively Settles Thousands of Opioid Cases
The company and its owners, members of the Sackler family, have tentatively reached the first comprehensive settlement in thousands of cases nationwide. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - September 12, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Jan Hoffman Tags: Suits and Litigation (Civil) Drug Abuse and Traffic Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Opioids and Opiates Attorneys General OxyContin (Drug) Purdue Pharma Sackler Family Polster, Dan Aaron your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

Purdue Pharma reaches tentative opioid settlement with some: sources
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP reached a tentative agreement with some plaintiffs to resolve litigation over its alleged role in fueling the U.S. opioid crisis and plans to tussle with states opposing the settlement offer in bankruptcy proceedings as soon as next week, people familiar with the matter said. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Purdue OxyContin settlement would rank among largest in pharma history
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP has reached a tentative multibillion-dollar agreement with some plaintiffs aimed at settling thousands of lawsuits over its alleged role in the U.S. opioid crisis, Reuters reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

The Latest: Attorneys general are split on opioid settlement
Roughly half the states and some 2,000 local governments have agreed to a tentative deal with Purdue Pharma, but the agreement announced Wednesday falls short of the national settlement the OxyContin maker had sought (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Wisconsin AG Kaul refuses to join Purdue Pharma settlement
Under fire for its role in the opioid epidemic, the company that makes and sells OxyContin has reportedly agreed to a settlement with 23 state attorneys general and thousands of municipalities, but not Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 12, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: David Schuyler Source Type: news

Purdue Pharma 'reaches tentative agreement' to settle opioid cases
The manufacturer of painkiller OxyContin stands accused of helping fuel a deadly US crisis. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tentative opioids settlement falls short of nationwide deal
Roughly half the states and some 2,000 local governments have agreed to a tentative deal with Purdue Pharma, but the agreement announced Wednesday falls short of the national settlement the OxyContin maker had sought (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

AG Healey refusing to join Purdue Pharma settlement
Under fire for its role in the opioid epidemic, the company that makes and sells OxyContin has reportedly agreed to a settlement with 22 state attorneys general and thousands of municipalities, but not Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, who is pledging to continue her fight against Purdue Pharma. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 12, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Colin A. Young Source Type: news

Purdue Pharma Tentatively Reaches Settlement in Opioid Lawsuits
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 11, 2019 -- OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has reached a tentative settlement with a coalition of states and local governments that sued the company over its role in America's ongoing opioid crisis, press reports say. The settlement... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - September 11, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Exclusive: Purdue Pharma nears partial opioid settlement, bankruptcy filing - sources
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP is nearing a partial agreement to resolve widespread litigation over its alleged role in fueling the U.S. opioid crisis and plans to tussle with states opposing its settlement offer in bankruptcy proceedings starting as soon as next week, people familiar with the matter said. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Purdue Pharma to Settle Opioid Crisis Lawsuits, May Pay Up to $12 Billion
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 11, 2019 -- OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has reached a tentative settlement with a coalition of states and local governments that sued the company over its role in America's ongoing opioid crisis, press reports say. The settlement... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 11, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

OxyContin maker, governments agree to tentative $12B deal over opioid crisis
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma reaches a tentative deal with about half the states and thousands of local governments over its role in the nation's deadly opioid epidemic, but criticism by several state attorneys general clouds prospects for an end to litigation against the company and the family that owns it. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Business Source Type: news

Sackler family could pay billions in personal wealth to settle opioid lawsuits
Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin, is accused of fueling the opioid crisis (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - September 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioid Maker Purdue Pharma Expected to File for Bankruptcy
MONDAY, Sept. 9, 2019 -- Settlement talks with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma over its role in the U.S. opioid crisis have reached a stalemate and the company is expected to file for bankruptcy, according to state attorneys general involved in the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - September 9, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Purdue Pharma Says Settlement Talks in Opioid Cases Not Over
In this Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, file photo, Christine Gagnon of Southington, Conn., protests with other family and friends who have lost loved ones to OxyContin and opioid overdoses at Purdue Pharma LLP headquarters in Stamford, Conn. Gagnon lost her son Michael 13 months earlier. OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is expected to file for bankruptcy after settlement talks over the nation’s deadly overdose crisis hit an impasse, attorneys general involved in the talks said Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in a message to their counterparts across the country. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)   OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and la...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - September 9, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care AP News Tag Source Type: news

Purdue Pharma Says Settlement Talks in Opioid Cases Not Over
In this Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, file photo, Christine Gagnon of Southington, Conn., protests with other family and friends who have lost loved ones to OxyContin and opioid overdoses at Purdue Pharma LLP headquarters in Stamford, Conn. Gagnon lost her son Michael 13 months earlier. OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is expected to file for bankruptcy after settlement talks over the nation’s deadly overdose crisis hit an impasse, attorneys general involved in the talks said Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in a message to their counterparts across the country. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)   OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and la...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 9, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care AP News Tag Source Type: news