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Patients receiving opioid analgesics who had multiple prescribers or pharmacies were more likely to receive outpatient sublingual buprenorphine for addiction, according to a study published in PLOS One.  “This finding suggests that patients with multiple healthcare interactions are more likely to…
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By Trisha Roy and Saumya Joseph (Reuters) - Independent experts on an FDA advisory panel on Thursday were split over the approval of Durect Corp's non-opioid painkiller to manage post-surgical pain. The panel members questioned the drug's effectiveness and raised concerns over the nausea,…
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By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York company that was the first drug distributor to face U.S. felony charges for its role in fueling the opioid crisis said on Tuesday it will stop distributing controlled pharmaceuticals, which include opioids. Rochester Drug Co-Operative Inc (RDC)…
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By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Less than one third of teens and young adults who overdose on opioids receive addiction treatment afterward, and the few who do get help receive counseling instead of medication to combat substance misuse, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers examined data on…
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By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Recent reductions in opioid prescribing have occurred mainly among patients with moderate or severe pain, rather than those with less severe pain, who might be managed with non-opioid alternatives, researchers say. "We were surprised to learn that…
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By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Fewer than one in 10 primary care providers in the U.S. can prescribe the opioid-addiction medication buprenorphine, and access is even more scarce in rural counties hardest hit by overdoses, a new study suggests. Since 2000, physicians have been able to seek…
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By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Opioid overdose deaths have spiked in the wake of automotive assembly plant closures across the U.S. South and Midwest, a new study suggests. Plant closures were associated with an 85% surge in opioid overdose mortality rates among working-age adults five years…
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By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Only 1 in 10 California pharmacies have programs to take back unused prescription opioids and just one in five give consumers accurate disposal information, according to a study that suggests drugstores could do more to help combat substance abuse. For the "…
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Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation, also known as Nephron Sterile Compounding Center, is recalling a number of injections containing fentanyl because of potential glass contamination, according to the October 30, 2019, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Enforcement Report.  The recall affects…
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By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Medical marijuana appears to have some mitigating effect on opioid use and abuse, but the relationship is far from definitive, according to a meta-analytic review of observational studies. "There is no doubt opioids are causing a major epidemic and…
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