Hospitals Not to Blame for Most Opioid Addiction: Study
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 -- Painkiller prescriptions that lead to prolonged opioid use tend to be written by doctors in outpatient settings, not hospitals, new research indicates. Initial use of opioids such as OxyContin (oxycodone) and Vicodin... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 16, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

South Carolina is latest state to sue makers of OxyContin
South Carolina is following in the footsteps of New Hampshire, which sued Purdue Pharma last week for deceptive marketing of the highly addictive opioid. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Oxycontin Makers Hit With Yet Another State Lawsuit
States are claiming that Purdue used deceptive marketing practices to sell opioids. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Carolina sues OxyContin maker Purdue over opioid marketing
(Reuters) - South Carolina sued Purdue Pharma LP on Tuesday, becoming the latest state or local government to accuse the OxyContin maker of deceptive marketing practices that have contributed to a national opioid addiction epidemic. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Opioid Overdoses and Deaths Flooding U.S. Hospitals
FRIDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 -- There's been a sharp rise in opioid-related admissions and deaths in hospital intensive care units across the United States, a new study finds. Opioids are pain medications, such as oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet) and... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 11, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

New Hampshire sues drug company for misleading marketing
The state of New Hampshire sued Purdue Pharma for deceptive marketing of OxyContin on Tuesday. Many local governments have filed similar suits against drug companies this year. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Highlights: Aug. 9, 2017
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: New Hampshire Sues Purdue Pharma Over OxyContin The New Hampshire attorney general's office filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Purdue Pharma over... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 9, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

New Hampshire is latest state to sue OxyContin manufacturer
The New Hampshire attorney general's office is suing the drug manufacturer Purdue Pharma, alleging it has continued its deceptive marketing of OxyContin in a state that has been called the "ground zero" of the opioid epidemic (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

New Hampshire sues Purdue Pharma over opioid marketing practices
(Reuters) - New Hampshire sued OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP on Tuesday, becoming the latest state or local government to accuse the drugmaker of engaging in deceptive marketing practices that have helped fuel a national opioid addiction epidemic. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Richard Johns Set for Sentencing on Aug. 30
Richard Johns, the former Little Rock doctor who pleaded guilty in March to his part in a conspiracy to distribute fraudulent prescriptions for oxycodone, is scheduled to be sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Brian S. Miller on Aug. 30. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - August 7, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Mallinckrodt subpoenaed by Justice Department on opioid products
Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals said Wednesday it received a subpoena July 27 from the U.S. Department of Justice seeking information on its promotional practices for, and sales of, opioid products it makes, markets or sells. "The company will cooperate fully with the DOJ on this matter," Mallinckrodt said in a release. The company currently manufactures only generic and non-promoted branded opioids, officials said in the release. Mallinckrodt is a leading manufacturer of generic oxycodone painkillers. Last… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - August 3, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Diana Barr Source Type: news

After surgery, more than two-thirds of patients wind up with leftover prescription opioids, study finds
America ’s opioid crisis is fueled by prescription painkillers. Medications such as oxycodone, fentanyl and morphine wereresponsible for nearly half of the 33,000 overdose deaths recorded in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.How did Americans get their hands on... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - August 2, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Karen Kaplan Source Type: news

Nova Scotia judge signs off on OxyContin class-action settlement
A Nova Scotia judge has approved a settlement in the class-action lawsuit related to OxyContin, even as two people affected by addiction to the painkiller told the court Tuesday they were unhappy with the deal struck with the drug manufacturer. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

Ottawa pushed to prosecute Purdue Pharma over 'deceptive' marketing of OxyContin
A decade ago, OxyContin's drugmaker Purdue Pharma settled civil and criminal suits in the U.S. for more than $600 million US. After a recently proposed $20 million settlement in Canada, doctors and lawyers here are calling for criminal prosecution. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

FDA Committee Nixes Opioid With Blue Dye Deterrent FDA Committee Nixes Opioid With Blue Dye Deterrent
Lack of safety data on the dye and of abuse potential led to the vote against recommending approval of an extended-release oxycodone product intended to deter intravenous abuse.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

FDA Advisors Vote Down OxyContin Copy
(MedPage Today) -- Drug developer failed to conduct studies advised by the agency (Source: MedPage Today Pain Management)
Source: MedPage Today Pain Management - July 26, 2017 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Raymond Sackler, one of the brothers who introduced OxyContin, dies at the age of 97
Raymond Sackler, the only living brother out of the three who introduced the controversial painkiller OxyContin in the mid 90s has died. The Sackler family was the 19th wealthiest family in the country last year according to FORBES, worth roughly $13 billion. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 22, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Igor Bosilkovski, Contributor Source Type: news

Raymond Sackler, Former CEO Of OxyContin Producer Purdue Pharma, Dies At 97
Raymond Sackler, the only living brother out of the three who introduced the controversial painkiller OxyContin in the mid 90s has died. The Sackler family was the 19th wealthiest family in the country last year according to FORBES, worth roughly $13 billion. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 22, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Igor Bosilkovski, Contributor Source Type: news

Managing an intentional overdose in a hospice - Dinnen T, Armstrong H, Perkins P.
This case report describes a patient admitted unconscious to a hospice following an intentional overdose of oxycodone. She had previously declined conventional medical treatment for cancer and had made an advance decision stating that she wished to avoid h... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Co-founder of Purdue Pharma dies at 97
The co-founder of Purdue Pharma, a Connecticut company that markets the powerfully addictive painkiller OxyContin, has died at age 97 (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

'Delisting' OxyContin ® to reduce prescription opioid-related harms in Ontario (Canada)-gauging effects 5 years later - Fischer B, Vojtila L, Kurdyak P.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Mallinckrodt Settles U.S. Opioid Drug Probe for $35 Mln Mallinckrodt Settles U.S. Opioid Drug Probe for $35 Mln
Mallinckrodt Plc, one of the largest manufacturers of the generic opioid painkiller oxycodone, will pay $35 million to resolve allegations that it failed to report suspicious drug orders, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - July 13, 2017 Category: Pathology Tags: Pathology & Lab Medicine News Source Type: news

Painkiller Prescriptions More Prone to Errors If Handwritten
WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 -- Mistakes are much more likely to occur with handwritten prescriptions for opioid painkillers than with electronic ones, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed 510 prescriptions for opioids -- such as oxycodone... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 12, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Mallinckrodt finalizes $35 million settlement with DEA
Mallinckrodt will pay $35 million to finalize a settlement with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. attorneys offices in Michigan and New York regarding the company's monitoring programs for controlled substances. Mallinckrodt, a leading manufacturer of generic oxycodone painkillers, reportedly had been under investigation by the DEA for alleged violations related to the reporting of suspicious orders of its pills. In its announcement Tuesday of the finalized settlement, the company… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 11, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Angela Mueller Source Type: news

Mallinckrodt finalizes $35 million settlement with DEA
Mallinckrodt will pay $35 million to finalize a settlement with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. attorneys offices in Michigan and New York regarding the company's monitoring programs for controlled substances. Mallinckrodt, a leading manufacturer of generic oxycodone painkillers, reportedly had been under investigation by the DEA for alleged violations related to the reporting of suspicious orders of its pills. In its announcement Tuesday of the finalized settlement, the company… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 11, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Angela Mueller Source Type: news

Mallinckrodt settles U.S. opioid drug probe for $35 million
(Reuters) - Mallinckrodt Plc, one of the largest manufacturers of the generic opioid painkiller oxycodone, will pay $35 million to resolve allegations that the company failed to report suspicious drug orders, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Physician dispensing of oxycodone and other commonly used opioids, 2000-2015, United States - Mack KA, Jones CM, McClure RJ.
OBJECTIVE.:  An average of 91 people in the United States die every day from an opioid-related overdose (including prescription opioids and heroin). The direct dispensing of opioids from health care practitioner offices has been linked to opioid-related ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

A Heroin Addict’s Appeal To President Trump
I didn’t vote for you. You see, I was born with a brain injury. Doctors at Children’s Hospital in Boston told my parents I would never be able to walk normally. Young children are mean. As a young boy, insults, and laughs became a daily ritual. When I walked into a classroom, a restaurant, or down a street, people didn’t look into my eyes. They always looked down as I limped awkwardly along. But I overcame and became a varsity athlete at a prep school outside of Boston. As a teenager, I grew strong, and anybody that made fun of my limp or my awkward gate became irrelevant. Frankly, Mr. President, the day ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Characterization of the ability of diazepam to reverse prescription opioid tolerance - Gonek M, Henderson G, Dewey WL.
We are experiencing an unprecedented opioid overdose epidemic with over 120 people dying every day. Most individuals who become tolerant and dependent on opioids, including the prescription opioids oxycodone and hydrocodone, co-abuse other substances. The ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Too Many Opioids After Cesarean Delivery
Doctors may be overprescribing opioids to women who have had cesarean sections. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Pain-Relieving Drugs Pregnancy and Childbirth Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) OxyContin (Drug) Source Type: news

Lupin gets USFDA nod for opioid analgesic tablets
The company has received final approval from USFDA to market its Oxycodone Hydrochloride tablets USP, in the strengths of 5 mg, 10 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg and 30 mg, Lupin said. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - June 14, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals 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 - June 12, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Mothers Given Too Many Painkillers After C-Sections, Researchers Say
BOSTON (CBS) –- Researchers are warning about a danger for some new mothers -– being prescribed too many painkillers after a Cesarean section. A study conducted by Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School found that the average prescription is double the number of pills the patients actually use. Oxycodone is often prescribed to women who have C-Sections, and they’re frequently left with extra pills. Most women studied reported keeping the pills in an unlocked cabinet. Researchers say this all adds up to an estimated 20 million pills that could be misused. “We are the source o...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local C-section opioid abuse Source Type: news

June 9, 2017: Providence Nurse Pleads Guilty to Tampering with Oxycodone
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - June 9, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Heroin: Now The Leading Cause Of Death In Americans Under 50
The Unites States of America is facing the worst health care crisis of our nation’s history. Over the past two-year period, more Americans died of opiate addiction than died in the entire Vietnam War. Drug overdoses now cause more deaths than gun violence and car crashes. In fact, accidental opioid overdoses are responsible for more deaths in 2015 than HIV/AIDS did at the height of the epidemic in 1995. However, the AIDS epidemic can be the blueprint for the United States approach to the opioid epidemic. Once America became mobilized against AIDS, Congress orchestrated intensive efforts devoted to training and ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Roxicet (Oxycodone and Acetaminophen ) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - June 5, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Tylox (Oxycodone and Acetaminophen Capsules) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - June 1, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Frequency and severity of non-fatal opioid overdoses among clients attending the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre - Roxburgh A, Darke S, Salmon AM, Dobbins T, Jauncey M.
BACKGROUND: Pharmaceutical opioid overdose rates have increased in recent years. The current study aimed to compare rates per 1000 injections of non-fatal overdose after heroin or oxycodone injection, and their comparative clinical severity. METHOD... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

An advance in prescription opioid vaccines: overdose mortality reduction and extraordinary alteration of drug half-life - Kimishima A, Wenthur CJ, Zhou B, Janda KD.
Prescription opioids (POs) such as oxycodone and hydrocodone are highly effective medications for pain management, yet they also present a substantial risk for abuse and addiction. The consumption of POs has been escalating worldwide, resulting in tens of ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Oral human abuse potential of oxycodone DETERx ® (Xtampza® ER) - Kopecky EA, Fleming AB, Levy-Cooperman N, O'Connor M, M. Sellers E.
Oxycodone DETERx ® (Collegium Pharmaceutical Inc, Canton, Massachusetts) is an extended-release, microsphere-in-capsule, abuse-deterrent formulation designed to retain its extended-release properties after tampering (eg, chewing/crushing). This randomized,... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

The 'Accidental President' And The Heroin Epidemic
Mr. President, what in God’s name are you doing? Your Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has turned the clock back in our country almost 35 years. Our nation’s heroin epidemic is a health crisis and will never be solved with a lock-’em-up-and-throw-away-the-key solution. Despite all intelligent research leading to a mandate conclusion that incarceration will not ever diminish drug addiction and the radical negative effects it has on our economy, “My Favorite Martian,” Jeff Sessions, has just ordered federal prosecutors to chase far harsher sentences against drug-addict-criminals. Mr. Trump, who ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

My Mom Is My Hero
My mom was always there. From the very beginning of my life, to the darkest days of my addiction, she believed in me. Whether things were good or they were horrible, she was with me. She was the one who took me to my first political rally, when I was only 10. She was my first photographer at public events: the photo credit to “Barbara Hampton” is my mom. When I was homeless, she’d find me wherever I was and bring me a home cooked meal so that I wouldn’t be hungry. This Mother’s Day weekend, I’m reflecting on the incredible gift of my mom’s love. I don’t believe that I would h...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

RoxyBond (Oxycodone Hydrochloride Tablets) - new on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - May 4, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

OxyContin maker agrees to $20M settlement in Canadian class-action case
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has agreed to pay $20 million to settle a class-action lawsuit involving allegations about how the pain pills were marketed. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Inspirion Delivery Sciences Receives FDA Approval for RoxyBond(TM) (oxycodone hydrochloride) tablets CII, the First and Only Immediate Release Opioid Analgesic with Abuse-Deterrent Label Claims
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., April 26, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Inspirion Delivery Sciences, LLC ("Inspirion") announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved RoxyBond™ (oxycodone hydrochloride) ... Biopharmaceuticals, Drug Delivery, FDA Inspirion Delivery Sciences, RoxyBond, oxycodone (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - April 26, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Inspirion Delivery Sciences Receives FDA Approval for RoxyBond (oxycodone hydrochloride) Immediate Release Tablets with Abuse-Deterrent Label Claims
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Inspirion Delivery Sciences, LLC ( " Inspirion " ) announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved RoxyBond ™ (oxycodone hydrochloride) tablets, for oral use, CII,... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals - April 26, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Opioid addiction raises mortality rate for those getting care in medical offices, hospitals
People who are addicted to opioids and receiving their medical care in a general health care setting were more than 10 times as likely to die during a four-year period than people without substance abuse problems, UCLA researchers have found. The new study, published in the  Journal of Addiction Medicine, suggests that health care systems should have better infrastructure and training for primary care physicians to diagnose and treat opioid use disorder, a condition that includes addiction to both prescription and illicit opioids.UCLAYih-Ing HserThe study, led by Yih-Ing Hser, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sc...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - April 21, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Newly Unsealed Documents Highlight Prince's Struggle with Opioids
Before his death, Prince abused opioid pain pills, suffered withdrawal symptoms and received at least one opioid prescription under his bodyguard's name, according to search warrants and affidavits unsealed Monday. Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at Paisley Park on April 21. Nearly a year after his accidental overdose death at his suburban Minneapolis studio and estate, investigators still don't know how he got the fentanyl that killed him. The newly unsealed documents give the clearest picture yet of Prince's struggle with opioid painkillers. What Do Authorities Say Happened? Investig...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Newly Unsealed Documents Highlight Prince's Struggle with Opioids
Before his death, Prince abused opioid pain pills, suffered withdrawal symptoms and received at least one opioid prescription under his bodyguard's name, according to search warrants and affidavits unsealed Monday. Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at Paisley Park on April 21. Nearly a year after his accidental overdose death at his suburban Minneapolis studio and estate, investigators still don't know how he got the fentanyl that killed him. The newly unsealed documents give the clearest picture yet of Prince's struggle with opioid painkillers. What Do Authorities Say Happened? Investig...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Newly unsealed documents reveal info about Prince's painkiller Rx
Court document says a doctor prescribed oxycodone for Prince under the name of the musician's friend to protect his privacy (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news