Posts Tagged 'opioid abuse'

In Wake of Crisis, FDA Targets Single Opioid for Removal

fda targets one of many opioids for removal due to abuseThe FDA has begun the process of removing a powerful opioid from the market over concerns of the potential for abuse. Endo Pharmaceuticals was recently informed by the agency that it would like to see Opana ER pulled from the nation’s shelves.

Citing concerns over the “public health consequences of abuse,” the agency is giving Endo Pharmaceuticals the opportunity to voluntarily remove Opana ER on its own. ...

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FDA Issues New Warning for Opioid Painkillers for Children

FDA strengthens warnings on opioids for childrenThe New York Times reports that the FDA has strengthened its warnings for opioid medications for children. Specifically, they advise that those 12 and younger are not to take codeine, while those 18 and younger should not take tramadol after certain types of surgery. In addition, nursing mothers are advised to avoid both drugs because they could impact breastfeeding.

As the strongest type of warning levied by ...

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Insys Therapeutics Allegedly Used Illegal Sales Tactics for Its Name-brand Fentanyl

Illegal tactics may have been used in fentanyl marketingThey are some of the strongest painkillers available and were developed for use in only the most extreme of circumstances, yet opioids are prescribed at an alarming rate in the United States. Their use – and misuse – represents a major and growing safety concern and has led many medical professionals to refer to the situation surrounding opioids as an “epidemic” of abuse. The use of such a ...

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Opioid Industry Spends More Than Gun Lobby to Influence Government

opioid industry lobby spends more than gun industryLove them or hate them; agree with their views or find them abhorrent, there is no denying the lobbying might of the firearm industry in America. Comparatively speaking, they are outnumbered in almost every way. Yet their record, as well as their treatment in the highest levels of government is almost one of deference. Taking on the gun lobby is seen as an act of bravery; the power of ...

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Chicago Sues Opioid Manufacturers Over Deceptive Marketing Practices

chicago suing prescription opioid manufacturers19,000 people die in the United States every year from prescription opioid overdoses. And, as the number continues to climb, the City of Chicago is taking five manufacturers to task over their marketing practices of these dangerous and highly addictive drugs.

The city has filed suit against a who’s who of opioid manufacturing. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Purdue Pharma, Actavis, Endo Health Solutions, and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries have been named in a suit that accuses ...

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Doctors and FDA Warn on Imodium Overdosing

concerns grow over imodium overdoseAs the opioid abuse epidemic continues to grip the country, one particular drug is getting some unexpected attention.

We’re well aware of Percocet and OxyContin at this point and have been warned repeatedly about their addictive nature and the potential for future prescription drug and heroin abuse. However, spikes in overdoses of a different drug are now being seen more frequently and doctors, as well as the FDA, are warning consumers to use ...

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