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Posts Tagged ‘hydrocodone’

Health insurance policies steer patients to older, more addictive opioid drugs, study suggests

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Lawsuits filed on behalf of opioid patients who suffered an overdose have focused attention on the role that drug companies and doctors have played in the U.S. opioid epidemic. But state and federal officials have started turning their attention to another group that has contributed to the opioid crisis – health insurance companies. (more…)

One in five patients who receive 10-day painkiller prescription become long-term users, study finds

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

A new study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that one in five patients who are prescribed a 10-day supply of opioid painkillers will use the drugs for a year or longer. This long-term use places opioid users at an increased risk of addiction or other complications caused by prescription opioids. (more…)

Wisconsin doctor faces malpractice lawsuit, criminal charges for opioid overprescription deaths

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

A Wisconsin doctor faces a lawsuit filed on behalf of four patients who died after being prescribed high-dose opioid painkillers. The lawsuit accuses Dr. Charles Szyman of fatally over-prescribing the opioid drugs to Heidi Buretta, Monica Debot, Mark Gagnon, and Alan Eggert while they were being treated at Holy Family Memorial Hospital in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. (more…)

Americans use more opioid painkillers than any country in the world, U.N. report finds

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

A United Nations study on the frequency of opioid painkiller use worldwide shows that Americans are prescribed far more opioid medications than any other country in the world. The U.S. has continued to outpace the other top 25 countries in opioid use despite recent efforts to reduce the availability of opioid medications in this country. (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…)

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…)