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4. New restrictions on hydrocodone to take ...
The federal government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S. The new rules mean that drugs like Vicodin, Lortab and other generic versions will be subject to the same prescribing rules as painkillers like codeine ... (more)
3 hrs ago
Consumers Desperate For Measures To Curb Prescription Drug Abuse
"More than nine in ten respondents said that developing new technologies to prevent drug abuse is an important key to reducing the abuse crisis and improving health safety in the U.S." Repass added that two-thirds of Americans also believe prescription opioid based pain medications are abused more often than illegal drugs such as heroin.
10 hrs ago
International Business Times
Canada Mulls New Labelling Rules to Check Misuse of Painkillers
Canada has decided to tighten screws on rampant abuse of painkillers in the country.
Wed Aug 20, 2014
Magee-Womens, insurers launch recovery center for pregnant addicts
At a time when heroin use and prescription drug abuse have reached epidemic levels, local health care providers are stepping up to the plate to help one targeted group: pregnant women.
Prince Albert Daily Herald
Canada slow to respond to prescription opioid crisis
In my first career as a pharmacist, I worked in more than 30 pharmacies across Nova Scotia, filling more than 100,000 prescriptions between 1990 and 1995.
Consumer Reports: Deadly pain pills
Prescription painkillers like OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin can make days bearable if you're suffering, but they can be as addictive as heroin and just as deadly.
Collegium Pharmaceutical Announces Publication of Abuse-Deterrent...
Collegium Pharmaceutical, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development of innovative treatments for chronic pain, today announced the publication of the following article, "Impact of physical manipulation on in vitro and in vivo release profiles of Oxycodone DETERx : An extended-release, abuse-deterrent formulation," in the ... (more)
Tue Aug 19, 2014
Opioid users breathe easier with novel drug to treat respiratory depression
People taking prescription opioids to treat moderate to severe pain may be able to breathe a little easier, literally.
Respiratory Depression Reversed In Trials With Drug That Fights Opioid Side Effect
Opioid pain killers like oxycodone are commonly prescribed to people recovering from surgery.
Mon Aug 18, 2014
MediciNova Announces Positive Interim Results of Phase 2a Study of...
MediciNova, Inc. a biopharmaceutical company traded on the NASDAQ Global Market and the JASDAQ Market of the Tokyo Stock Exchange , today announced positive interim results of a Phase 2a clinical trial of MN-166 in opioid dependence.
Hillsboro police acknowledge arresting wrong man in string of robberies
Hillsboro police initially arrested Adam Michael Horstman in a string of robberies that occurred in Hillsboro and Beaverton.
Egalet Announces Successful End-Of-Phase 2 Meeting With The FDA For Egalet-002
Egalet Corporation today announced the completion of a successful end-of-Phase 2 meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding Egalet-002, an abuse-deterrent, extended-release, oral oxycodone product in development for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock opioid treatment and for which alternative ... (more)
Health Canada is toughening warning labels for controlled-released prescription narcotics as part of efforts to curb rampant prescription drug abuse, federal health minister Rona Ambrose announced Monday at the opening session of the 147th annual gathering of the nation's largest doctors' lobby.
Sun Aug 17, 2014
How a grandmother got hooked on heroin
Cynthia Scudo is a portrait of an all-American mom of eight and grandmother of 18 who survived an extraordinary journey lasting a decade: She became addicted to prescription painkillers and then to heroin.
Fri Aug 15, 2014
Millions with disabilities get heavy-duty painkillers
Roughly 4 million Americans too disabled to work are prescribed heavy-duty painkillers, such as OxyContin, Vicodin, codeine and morphine, according to a new study from the Dartmouth University School of Medicine in New Hampshire.
Millions with disabilities get heavy-duty painkillers
Roughly 4 million disabled Americans are prescribed opioid painkillers every year, according to a new study from Dartmouth, though the evidence is not clear that these medications help.
Thu Aug 14, 2014
Security upgrades deter prescription drug robberies
LAWTON, Okla._In response to a rash of prescription drug robberies, Walgreens has selected Oklahoma as one of 11 states to start using a new way to keep the criminals out.
The Globe and Mail
Canada slow to respond to prescription opiod crisis
David Juurlink is an expert advisor with EvidenceNetwork.ca and Professor and Head of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Toronto.
Wed Aug 13, 2014
Customer Interaction Solutions
Amneal Pharmaceuticals Announces Four New Generics
Amneal Pharmaceuticals' fast-growing portfolio of approved generic drugs is expanding once again with the launch of four new medications.
Price of Addiction: Oregon prescribers should consider 'smart pills'...
In running a pain management medical practice in Hood River, I see the harder side of how patients deal with chronic, life-altering pain issues.