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Purdue Pharma tentatively settles opioid lawsuits, others still pending

September 12, 2019
Oxycontin manufacturer Purdue Pharma recently reached a tentative agreement with many of the thousands of plaintiffs involved in a multidistrict…

In the Journals

Postoperative opioid prescription fill rate 7 times higher in US, Canada vs. Sweden

September 12, 2019
The rate of postoperative opioid prescriptions filled was seven times higher in the United States and Canada than in Sweden, according to a study…

Breaking News

‘Progress being made’ in opioid epidemic, CDC says

September 12, 2019
A CDC spokesperson said provisional data and other reports signify that “progress is being made” in the opioid epidemic. The turnaround…

In the Journals

Comprehensive prescription drug monitoring program mandates reduce opioid prescribing in hospitals

September 10, 2019
State mandates that require both prescribers and dispensers to enter and use prescription drug monitoring programs led to greater reductions in…

Feature

Experts discuss future opioid lawsuit strategies, lawsuits’ impact on manufacturers

September 4, 2019
Last month, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay more than $572 million in damages for its role in the opioid epidemic in Oklahoma. Purdue Pharma…

In the Journals

PCP appointment timing may affect opioid prescribing

August 30, 2019
Primary care physicians increased their opioid prescribing when appointments were later in the day or if they were running behind schedule, according…

Synthetic opioid crisis requires innovative action

August 29, 2019
Synthetic opioids like fentanyl “kill on a scale that is unprecedented among illegal drugs,” according to a new report conducted by the…

CDC: Opioid deaths declining

August 29, 2019
CDC data show opioid deaths dropped 4.6% overall during a 12-month period that encompassed 2017 and 2018, but there was an 11.1% increase in opioid

Breaking News

‘Not your mother’s marijuana’: Surgeon General issues warning about drug’s harms

August 29, 2019
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, issued an advisory to raise awareness — especially among pregnant women and youth — of the harms…

Guidelines

Guide ‘emphasizes facts, not falsehoods’ about CBD use

August 27, 2019
Americans for Safe Access recently issued the Patient’s Guide to CBD to provide background on cannabidiol and recommendations regarding its…

Breaking News

Judge rules against Johnson & Johnson in opioid lawsuit

August 26, 2019
Judge Thad H. Balkman of the Cleveland County District Court in Oklahoma ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay the state more than $572 million in…

Meeting News

Ubrogepant outperforms triptans as migraine treatment

August 16, 2019
PHILADELPHIA — The oral calcitonin gene-related peptide antagonist ubrogepant provided better pain relief than triptans in patients with…

In the Journals

‘Building blocks’ model significantly decreases opioid prescriptions

August 16, 2019
A model that researchers dubbed “Six Building Blocks” led to significant decreases in the proportion of patients on high-dose opioids and…

In the Journals

Mixing opioids, cannabis tied to greater anxiety, depression symptoms

August 15, 2019
Evidence published in Journal of Addiction Medicine showed that combined use of opioid and cannabis was linked to greater symptoms of anxiety…

In the JournalsPerspective

Program reduces opioid exposure, improves outcomes after cesarean delivery

August 15, 2019
Enhanced recovery after surgery, or ERAS, programs may successfully reduce opioid exposure and improve outcomes in women who undergo elective…

In the Journals

Telehealth interventions improve symptoms with chronic pain and anxiety, depression

August 14, 2019
Telehealth interventions delivered online, over the phone and with and without clinician interaction improved outcomes in patients with chronic…

Meeting News

Eptinezumab provides ‘rapid, robust’ benefit in patients with migraine

August 12, 2019
PHILADELPHIA — Patients who received eptinezumab, a monoclonal antibody that inhibits calcitonin gene-related peptide, had more migraine-free…

In the Journals

Marijuana legalization may reduce opioid-related deaths

August 9, 2019
The legalization of marijuana, especially for recreational use, was associated with significant reductions in opioid-related mortality, according to…

Meeting News

Providers, patients wary to navigate 'confused system' of CBD laws, labels

August 9, 2019
ORLANDO — Physicians, nurses and patients must be vigilant when attempting to navigate the often contradictory, seemingly “confused…

In the Journals

Coffee, soda drinkers may have increased migraine risk

August 8, 2019
Patients with episodic migraine who drank three or more servings of caffeinated beverages daily were more likely to have headache by the end of day…