: ' Opioid'

FDA Approves New Opioid for Fast-Track Development

Nektar Therapeutics announced this week that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has designated the oral opioid analgesic NKTR-181 in a Fast Track development program for the treatment of moderate to severe chronic pain. NKTR-181 crosses [...]

Marijuana Spray Proves Effective as Cancer Pain Treatment

A mouth spray containing cannabinoids is effective in reducing pain in cancer patients who are still in pain despite using opioid medicines, according to a new study published in The Journal of Pain. The oral mucosal [...]

Youths with Mental Health Problems at Risk of Long-Term Opioid Use

Children and young adults who are given opioid medications for pain are more than twice as likely to become addicted if they have a mental health disorder, according to researchers at the University of Washington. Their [...]

Living with Pain: Physician Abandonment and Suicide in Florida

Last December, Joe Malone came home from work and found his wife, Michelle, dead from an intentional overdose of prescription medicine. She was only 49. “I lost the person I loved most in the whole world. [...]

Living with Pain: The Pharmacy Crawl in Florida

By Mark Maginn, Columnist Keyanna, a woman living in north Florida, knows all about the fallout from Florida’s well-intentioned but short-sighted crackdown on opioids. New state laws and regulations that govern opioid prescriptions have brought heavy [...]

We don’t want physicians to be cops — We want them to be honest.

This column is written as a voice for the true victims of the prescription drug epidemic – patients and family members whose physicians were encouraged by the medical establishment to prescribe large doses of opioids. Some, [...]

The Psychology of Pain: It’s Not All in Your Head

Being distracted isn’t typically a good thing. After all, being distracted at work, school, or behind the wheel, can lead to poor productivity, bad grades, or even a serious car accident. But mental distractions may make [...]

FDA Warns Painkiller May Have Too Much Hydromorphone

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors and chronic pain sufferers on its website that a powerful painkiller injection cartridge manufactured by Hospira, Inc. may contain more Hydromorphone than the 1 milliliter dose printed [...]

Living with Pain: I Never Shilled for Pharma

I am writing in response to Marianne Skolek’s column of May 9, published in the American News Report. Contrary to Skolek’s report, Dr. Andrew Kolodny, the president of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP), is engaging [...]

Demise of American Pain Foundation Can Help End the Opioid Lunacy

In the lunacy of the over-prescribing of opioids for all levels of pain in the U.S. and Canada, there is now a large dose of sanity.  That sanity is an organization called Physicians for Responsible Opioid [...]