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Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Potent painkiller found mixed with heroin in Worcester
The rash of drug overdose deaths beginning this month in the city has ebbed, but police officials still don't believe heroin users are safe from possible deadly doses.
Mon Aug 25, 2014
Pharmacists object to further restrictions for hydrocodone combination products
Hydrocodone combination products such as Vicodin will now be in the same, more-restrictive category as OxyContin and fentanyl under the Controlled Substances Act, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced Thursday.y. The rule, which takes effect in 45 days, quickly drew criticism from pharmacist groups serving long-term care residents.
Sun Aug 24, 2014
Chicago, 2 California counties sue over marketing of painkillers
As the country struggles to combat the growing abuse of heroin and opioid painkillers, a new battlefield is emerging: the courts.
Fri Aug 22, 2014
This new designer drug is deadly
A relatively new designer street drug has been getting a lot of attention lately.
Los Angeles Times
DEA tightens controls on hydrocodone painkiller drugs
Hydrocodone combination painkillers such as Vicodin, shown here, will soon become Schedule II drugs, as tightly regulated as such frequently abused painkillers as OxyContin and fentanyl.
Thu Aug 21, 2014
Patient Agreements Help Avoid Liability for Prescribing Painkillers
Physicians and healthcare institutions have begun experimenting with new tactics to combat the recent dramatic increases in prescription drug abuse.
Wed Aug 20, 2014
Cindy Sheppard sentenced for role in fatal Hampton crash
One of the surviving victims of a fatal car crash that claimed the lives of two bicyclists last year wasn't happy Wednesday that a drug dealer indicted in connection with the crash could serve as little as two years in prison.
Tue Aug 19, 2014
Depomed, Inc. Prevails in Gralise?? ANDA Litigation Blocking Generic Entry Until 2024
Judge Pisano's ruling finds that Actavis infringes all seven Depomed patents asserted and upholds the validity of the patents.
Opioid users breathe easier with novel drug to treat respiratory depression
August 19, 2014 - People taking prescription opioids to treat moderate to severe pain may be able to breathe a little easier, literally.
Mon Aug 18, 2014
Quasi-legal drug 15 times stronger than heroin hides in plain sight
Emergency physicians should expect "an upswing in what on the surface appear to be heroin overdoses," but are actually overdoses tied to acetyl fentanyl, an opiate that is mixed into street drugs marketed as heroin.
This is Local London
Mother pays tribute to son killed by drug overdose at Queen Elizabeth Hospital
A mother last week paid a heart-wrenching tribute to her son who was killed by a drug overdose at Queen Elizabeth Hospital .
Sat Aug 16, 2014
Thu Aug 14, 2014
Anti-heroin rally in Dover on Saturday
A Dover Township woman who lost her son when he took pure fentanyl is holding an anti-heroin rally in Dover on Saturday.
Tue Aug 12, 2014
Insys Therapeutics Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results
Second quarter 2014 highlights include: Revenues from SubsysA were $54.6 million, up 195% compared with second quarter 2013 sales of $18.5 million; Net income increased to $9.5 million, or $0.28 per basic and $0.26 per diluted share, compared to net income of $4.5 million, or $0.18 per basic and $0.17 per diluted share, for the second quarter of ... (more)
Foster's Daily Democrat
Jury selection in drug diversion case set for Dec. 8
A tentative jury selection date in December has been scheduled for the trial of Donald Penney, a former Frisbie Memorial Hospital employee charged with diverting narcotic medication from patients.
Mon Aug 11, 2014
Galena Biopharma Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results
Abstral sublingual tablet net revenue was $2.3 million in Q2 2014 and $4.5 million in 1H 2014.
Animal therapy reduces pain medication intake, researchers find
Well-designed programs to coordinate care for patients with complex needs can reduce Medicare expenditures, including skilled nursing facility costs, according to an issue brief released Thursday by The Commonwealth Fund.
Fri Aug 08, 2014
Hospital suit alleges woman was deprived of pain meds
A Stratham woman is suing Exeter Hospital after claiming she suffered pain for an hour because an emergency medical technician stole the drug fentanyl to feed his drug habit and never administered it to her.
Thu Aug 07, 2014
Painkiller drug sales seen dropping by 2020
London, England, United Kingdom - Prescription drug sales are forecast to exceed $1 trillion by 2020, according to a new report of EvaluatePharma, an analyst of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
Police: Robber ate woman's pain patch
A central Pennsylvania man was arrested after he stole and then ate a woman's prescription pain patch, according to police.