Researchers Find Significant Increase in Painkillers Prescribed to...
George Washington University researchers report dramatic increases in prescriptions of opioid analgesics, such as Percocet, Vicodin, oxycodone and Dilaudid, during U.S. emergency department visits from 2001 to 2010.
Thu Mar 13, 2014
I4U Future Technology News
Zohydro Ban Possible? Senator Introduces Bill To Revoke FDA Approval
Earlier today, Senator Joe Manchin submitted a bill that, if passed, would force the Food and Drug Administration to rescind its approval of the painkiller Zohydro, which a growing coalition of critics believes could become the next Oxycontin in the epidemic of prescription painkiller addiction.
The Jersey Journal
New high-dose pain pill poses addiction problems, doctors warn
The FDA recently approved a new hydrocodone-based pain killer called Zohydro that has many doctors and pharmacists concerned.
Wed Mar 12, 2014
The Washington Post
Maker of OxyContin developing tamper-resistant hydrocodone drug
The manufacturer of OxyContin said Wednesday that it had successfully tested a tamper-resistant form of another powerful painkiller, hydrocodone - an announcement that could upend this month's release of the controversial drug Zohydro, which has faced widespread criticism in part for its lack of such safety measures.
Hydrocodone restrictions will put quotas on Vicodin production
Access to mixed hydrocodone painkillers such as AbbVie's Vicodin will be restricted and production limited if plans by the US Drug Enforcement Administation are cemented later this year.
Magic City Morning Star
Concern Over Potentially Dangerous Drug Zohydro
Northern New England's House Delegation sent a letter to the FDA today voicing concern about its approval of Zohydro, a powerful new painkiller which is ten times more potent than Vicodin.
Tue Mar 11, 2014
Letter: Don't numb body's warning system
The recent Ruth Bass column, "The twins: Vicodin and Heroin" and the March 8 letter to the editor, "Pharmacy chains must help addicted," prompt me to respond based on a recent hospitalization.
US News & World Report
Repeat Drug Overdoses Raise Risk for Hospitalization, Ventilator Care
People treated at emergency rooms more than once a year for overdoses on narcotic drugs are more likely to be put on a ventilator and to be hospitalized, a new study finds.
Mon Mar 10, 2014
Sen. Joe Manchin seeks to block new painkiller
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is calling on the government's top health official to overturn the approval of a powerful painkiller, arguing that the pill Zohydro could add to the national epidemic of prescription drug abuse.
Sun Mar 09, 2014
Painkiller 10 Times Stronger Than Vicodin to Hit the Market This Month
A new opiate called Zohydro, developed by Zogenix and approved by the FDA, will enter California markets this month , despite the protests of a number of doctors and experts.
Sat Mar 08, 2014
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Deb Anderson-Berardo: Prescription drugs is where problem starts
Heroin. It gets our attention. Especially when someone dies. It conjures up fear and disgust and seems so far away from us and our busy lives.
Potent new painkiller stokes alarm in US
A potent new painkiller hit the US market this week, despite warnings from top experts that the drug may deliver a deadly setback in America's battle with opioid addiction.
Fri Mar 07, 2014
Point Pleasant Register
Three overdose deaths reported in one week
The deaths were confirmed by Mason County Sheriff Greg Powers and have been the topic of discussion among those in local social service agencies.
Thu Mar 06, 2014
Painkillers need more restrictions, FDA says
The F-D-A says popular painkillers need to have more restrictions in an attempt to cut down on abuse.
Popping prescribed pills
Earlier this week, the LA Times had a good article on a study that traced where people who overdosed on prescription drug opiods got their pills: The study, published Monday by the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
UB, ECMC doc questions release of new prescription drug
New drugs come out fairly regularly, but few have gotten as bad a reception as quickly as Zohydro ER, a new formulation of hydrocodone that many say is certain to create addicts.
Wed Mar 05, 2014
Self-Labeling Addiction as Disease: The Process in the Media
Peter Shumlin, governor of Vermont, recently devoted his entire State of the State Message to what he said was "a full-blown heroin crisis" gripping Vermont.
Anti-addiction formulation of super-strong opioid unclear
Addiction doctors have petitioned the US FDA to prevent Zohydro ER, the first single-entity hydrocodone painkiller, hitting the market this month citing its potential for abuse.
Drug agency officially proposes to restrict access to hydrocodone medications
The federal government is on the verge of tightening access to Vicodin and similar types of painkillers by moving the drugs from Schedule III to Schedule II classification.
Tue Mar 04, 2014
Docs Are Key Source of Painkillers for Chronic Users
Most people who use opioid painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin for nonmedical reasons first get their pills from friends or family, but for those who are frequent users, doctors become their major source of the medication, according to a new study.