: ' Opioid'

Oxycodone and Hydrocodone Most Popular Abused Painkillers

By Pat Anson, Editor Oxycodone and hydrocodone are the “drugs of choice” for abusers of opioid pain medication, according to a new survey of thousands of opioid addicts entering drug treatment programs across the United States. [...]

‘Opioid Refugees’ Denied Painkillers

The stories are widespread and persistent: pain patients being denied opioid medications by pharmacies or being left untreated by doctors. We’ve written about it, many times, and readers like Carla Teegarden have lived through it. “I [...]

7 of 10 Americans on Prescription Drugs

By Richard Lenti Prescription drug use in the U.S. has nearly doubled in the past decade, with nearly seven out of ten Americans being prescribed medications, according to a new study by the Mayo Clinic and [...]

FDA Panel Backs Tighter Controls on Vicodin

By Pat Anson, Editor An advisory panel for the Food and Drug Administration has recommended tighter controls on Vicodin and other hydrocodone products, the most widely used and abused narcotic painkiller in the U.S. The FDA [...]

Nektar Begins Testing of New Opioid Painkiller

Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ: NKTR) has announced positive results from an early study on the effectiveness of a new short-acting opioid drug candidate.  The company said the drug – called NKTR-192 – achieved its target pharmacokinetic profile [...]

PROP’s Petition: Why Opioid Labeling Changes Are Needed

By Pete Jackson, Guest Columnist Recently, several columns have appeared in American News Report expressing negative views toward a petition submitted to the FDA by doctors, researchers and public health officials, many of them associated with [...]

Drug Monitoring Database Significantly Reduced Inappropriate Prescriptions

A prescription drug monitoring program in Canada dramatically reduced the number of inappropriate prescriptions for opioid painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs, according to a new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The study found that PharmaNet, [...]

Living with Pain: Patients Fight Back in Florida

Pain patients in Florida are taking their well-being into their own hands by fighting back against the state and federal governments, which are obstructing and, in some cases, denying opioid treatment for chronic pain. In the [...]

Depression and Painkiller Use Increases Risk of Addiction after Surgery

The risk of addiction to opioid painkillers after surgery significantly increases if a patient is depressed or has used pain medications prior to surgery, according to a pilot study at Stanford University. Researchers found that psychological [...]

Caught in the Crossfire: PROMPT vs. PROP

When a group of doctors, public health officials and members of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP) submitted a petition to the FDA to restrict the approved uses of opioid medications, the shockwave that rocked the [...]