: ' OxyContin'

More ‘Risky’ Doctors Identified in California

By Ed Coghlan The National Pain Report has learned that the California Medical Board has received the names of an additional 113 California physicians from Purdue Pharma that the company has identified as risky prescribers of [...]

Purdue Pharma Identifies Risky California Docs

By Ed Coghlan The National Pain Report has learned that Purdue Pharma — the maker of OxyContin — has sent the names of most of the 59 doctors in California it suspects of being risky prescribers [...]

Rise in Heroin Use Linked to Painkillers

By Pat Anson, Editor The use of heroin nearly doubled in United States after the introduction of a reformulated version of OxyContin, a widely used opioid painkiller, according to a new report by federal health officials. [...]

California Lawmakers Want List of Risky Doctors

By Ed Coghlan The nation’s largest state may be girding for a fight with Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, a widely used and highly addictive opioid painkiller. The LA Times reported this week that Purdue [...]

FDA Ruling Could Mean More ‘Tamper Resistant’ Painkillers

By Pat Anson, Editor An FDA decision to block a generic version of OxyContin from coming on the market is a “clear mandate” that other opioid painkillers will have to be made tamper resistant, according to [...]

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 [...]

AG’s Push for Safer Generic Painkillers

By Pat Anson, Editor The National Association of Attorneys General has sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration asking the agency to require generic drug makers to make tamper-resistant versions of opioid painkillers. 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 [...]