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Posts Tagged ‘addiction’

More Americans use opioid painkillers than tobacco products, federal study finds

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

More Americans used opioid painkillers in the last year than tobacco products, a recent federal study has found. The results of the study, released by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, highlight the continuing danger that the epidemic of opioid painkiller overprescription poses for U.S. patients. (more…)

DEA announces lower 2017 opioid painkillers production quotas in response to abuse, overdose epidemic

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced that it will reduce its 2017 quota for the production of opioid painkillers by 25%. The DEA said that it was cutting the supply of prescription painkillers in the U.S. in response to the epidemic of opioid abuse, addiction, and overdoses that have plagued the country over the last two decades. (more…)

Drugmakers blocking opioid painkillers marketing investigation, New Hampshire attorney general says

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

New Hampshire attorney general Joe Foster has accused five drug companies of blocking a statewide probe into whether the drugmakers broke the law in their marketing of opioid painkillers such as OxyContin. Foster says that the investigation could result in a state lawsuit against the drug companies if they are found to have violated New Hampshire laws by downplaying the addiction risk of opioid medications. (more…)

New studies warn of ‘suboptimal’ prescribing practices for opioid painkillers at U.S. hospitals

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Two new studies published by the journal JAMA Internal Medicine have found that improper prescribing practices on the part of doctors and hospitals may be putting patients at risk of dependency and other complications from opioid painkillers. According to the reports, these “suboptimal” practices increase the risk of dependency for patients who are prescribed opioids, which could increase their risk of addiction or overdose. (more…)

Opioid painkillers overprescription ‘one of the great mistakes of modern medicine’ says former FDA chief

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

The former head of the Food and Drug Administration says that the dramatic increase in the prescription of opioid painkiller medications in recent decades is “one of the great mistakes of modern medicine.” Dr. David Kessler ran the FDA from 1990 through 1997, around the time that the current epidemic of opioid painkillers overprescription began. (more…)

FDA issues black box warning for opioid painkillers to curb overdose, addiction risks

Monday, March 28th, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will require a “black box” warning on the most widely prescribed class of opioid painkillers in an effort to curb the epidemic of fatal overdoses linked to these drugs. The new FDA warning will be required for all immediate-release opioid painkillers, including combination pills that combine opioid medications with non-prescription drug ingredients. (more…)

FDA plans new opioid painkiller approval rules following Senate fight over new commissioner nomination

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will overhaul its review process for opioid painkiller drugs. The announcement came following pressure from three U.S. Senators who had blocked the approval process of Robert Califf, who was nominated to lead the FDA by President Obama. (more…)