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Posts Tagged ‘overdose’

Synthetic opioids fuel a record 49,000 deaths from painkillers in 2017, CDC reports

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

A record number of nearly 50,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose in 2017, according to new estimates released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency said that the majority of the increase in painkiller overdoses between 2016 and 2017 was caused by synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. (more…)

U.S. opioid overdoses increased by 30% between 2016 and 2017, CDC data says

Monday, April 9th, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) reports that the number of opioid overdoses in the U.S. has increased by 30% over the last 14 months. The agency says that the alarming new data should be a “wake up call to the fast-moving opioid overdose epidemic.” (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…)

Painkillers are the leading cause of death among male patients taking high dose opioids, study reveals

Monday, December 21st, 2015

A large scale study of patients in Ontario, Canada has found that one in four male patients taking high dose opioid painkillers later died as a result of opioid-related causes. Dr. David Juurlink, a physician involved with the study, said that these results underscored the importance of restricting the use of powerful opioid painkillers like fentanyl and oxycodone in order to reduce the risk of overdose and other complications for patients. (more…)

FDA approves new abuse-resistant OxyContin-alternative drug Targiniq ER

Monday, August 18th, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new form of the painkiller OxyContin designed to limit the potential for abuse and curb the number of overdose deaths caused by the drug. The new drug, Targiniq ER, is made by Perdue Pharma. It combines the active painkiller ingredient oxycodone with naloxone, a medication which is used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. (more…)