Posts Tagged 'opioids'

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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New Report Suggests Women Disproportionately Targeted by Drug and Device Companies

watchdog group suggests women disproportionately targeted by drug companiesThe judicial freedom and access watchdog American Association for Justice issued a report earlier this month that suggests that women pay a disproportionately-high price for the greed of the pharmaceutical industry. The report, titled “From Accutane to Zonite: A History of Dangerous Drugs & Devices Marketed to Women,” is a scathing read of nearly 60 pages that looks at the way women have been targeted ...

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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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Upcoming Senate Vote Takes Action On Overdose Epidemic

senate vote poised to take action on heroin epidemicMost medical professionals agree that opioid overdose and abuse in the United States has reached epidemic proportions. At the same time, the rate of heroin overdose being seen across the country has spiked to levels not seen for quite some time.

The two are not unrelated. In populations targeted for their likelihood of drug-seeking behavior, either out of addiction or the desire to sell those prescriptions on the black ...

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