: ' Purdue Pharma'

Nektar Begins Phase II Study of New Opioid

Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ: NKTR) has enrolled the first patient in a Phase II clinical study of a new opioid analgesic that is designed to enter the brain slowly, reducing the potential for the drug to be [...]

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 [...]

New OxyContin Formula Has Many Abusers Switching to Heroin

A change in the formula for the powerful painkiller OxyContin – designed to make the drug less likely to be abused — may be encouraging the use of more dangerous drugs. Many abusers are switching from [...]

FDA: Pain Education for Doctors to be Voluntary

The Food and Drug Administration has unveiled a long awaited plan to address prescription drug abuse – a plan that focuses on educating doctors about the benefits and risks of prescribing powerful opioid painkillers. The initiative [...]

Should Children Take Opioid Painkillers?

Two new studies are drawing attention to a sensitive topic in the pain community: Should children be given powerful and potentially addictive opioid analgesics to relieve their pain? According to research published in Pain Management Nursing, [...]

FDA Tells Drug Makers to Stop Selling Unapproved Oxycodone

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has notified some pharmaceutical companies to stop manufacturing and distributing unapproved drugs that contain oxycodone, a widely prescribed and potentially addictive opioid painkiller. The FDA action involves single-ingredient, immediate-release oxycodone [...]

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, [...]

Abbott Laboratories Learns a Costly Lesson About Off-Label Marketing

Abbott Laboratories pleaded guilty earlier this month in federal court to marketing an anti-seizure drug called Depakote for unapproved purposes. The company will pay $1.5 billion in civil and criminal penalties to settle the case with [...]

Pain Doc: “Physicians Can’t be Cops — We’re Treating Pain Patients”

Dr. Lynn Webster, is medical director and founder of the Lifetree Clinical Research & Pain Clinic in Salt Lake City, and president elect of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM). Recently, the U.S. Senate Finance [...]