Posts Tagged 'opioid addiction'

Opana ER Pulled from Shelves Over Abuse Concerns

sales of opana halted by FDAEndo Pharmaceuticals has officially withdrawn Opana ER from the market at the FDA’s request. The extended release opioid medication recently became the subject of an inquiry by the agency because of the specific way it was being abused.

Opana ER was designed to slowly and steadily medicate a patient as an extended release medication. However, when crushed, snorted, or injected, an abuser can get the full dose in a ...

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Hernia Patients Over-Prescribed Opioids for Recovery

 hernia patients over-prescribed opioidsA new study published in the journal Surgery has found that patients recovering from hernia procedures may require far fewer opioids to manage their pain than they are often prescribed. Some data indicates that patients are frequently given up to 30 pills after such procedures, the majority of which are unnecessary and could lead to them becoming addicted to opioids.

The study, helmed by Dr. Peter Masiakos of Massachusetts General ...

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Women Prescribed Double Number of Necessary Opioids after C-Sections

women prescribed double opioids necessary after c-sectionA series of three successive studies recently published in the journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology suggest that women are drastically over-prescribed dangerous opioids after C-sections. The studies build off each other to provide a complete picture of how women’s pain is less carefully regarded throughout the medical process than that of men.

In one of the studies, 720 C-section patients were followed after giving birth from six different facilities in ...

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Government Study: More Than One-third of Adults Prescribed an Opioid in 2015

100 million americans prescribed opioids in 2015According to a report published on Reuters, a new government study has found that more than one-third of adults in the US — nearly 100 million people — were prescribed an opioid in 2015. The statistic is staggering, and provides insight into how the opioid crisis is ruining lives across the country.

Results of the study consisted of data from more than 50,000 participants obtained through face-to-face interviews. ...

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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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