: ' Oxycodone'

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. [...]

FDA Stops Generic OxyContin

By Pat Anson, Editor The Food and Drug Administration late today approved new labeling for the painkiller OxyContin that allows Purdue Pharma to maintain its monopoly on the drug by blocking generic versions from entering the [...]

U.S. Fears Flood of Generic Canadian Oxycodone

U.S. drug officials are preparing for a flood of generic Canadian oxycodone to make its way across the border after the Canadian government recently approved six generic versions of the widely abused painkiller OxyContin. Health Canada [...]

New Wave of Drug Abuse Feared if Generic Oxycodone Sold in Canada

Canadian police, doctors and public health officials are warning the “streets would be flooded” with cheap generic versions of oxycodone if Canada’s Health Minister doesn’t reconsider her decision not to ban them. Drug maker Purdue Pharma’s [...]

West and Southeast Lead Nation in Opioid Prescribing

The western, southeast and Appalachian regions of the United States lead the nation in the prescribing of opioid painkillers, according to new research published in The Journal of Pain. In a study of 205 million opioid [...]

Doctors Say Methadone Too Risky for Pain Management

Methadone is increasingly being used by physicians to manage chronic pain, but it is a risky drug to prescribe as a pain reliever, according to an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association [...]

Caught in the Crossfire: Florida’s Seniors

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Florida is 19,057,542. Of that number, a whopping 17.6% are 65 or older. That is a staggering number of seniors, many of whom have health problems and [...]

New Addiction Treatment Drug Could Be Alternative to Suboxone

A Swedish pharmaceutical company says it will soon seek approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a new medication to treat opioid dependency. Two clinical trials have been completed on the drug, called OX219, [...]

Bill Would Force Drug Makers to Make Painkillers Tamper Resistant

A bipartisan effort in Congress to make more opioid painkillers tamper resistant could also make generic forms of the drugs more costly, according to experts. Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-California) and Rep. Bill Keating (D-Massachusetts) have [...]

Are Painkiller Sales Falling?

Sales of OxyContin and other popular painkillers in the U.S. have declined in the past year, according to pharmaceutical sales data released by a clinical drug website. But it’s not clear if the drop in sales [...]