Meeting News

Addressing arthritis pain without the opioids physicians 'love to hate'

October 3, 2019
SAN DIEGO — As the health care community moves away from opioids for pain management, a number of approaches may be set to fill the gap…

FDA News

FDA, DEA clamp down on ‘rogue’ opioid website operators

September 30, 2019
The FDA announced that it and the Drug Enforcement Administration sent warning letters to four online networks that operate 10 websites for illegally…

Arthritis Foundation issues first CBD guidance for adults with arthritis

September 25, 2019
Although cannabidiol — better known as CBD — may help patients with arthritis alleviate their pain, insomnia and anxiety, there have been…

Feature

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…

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…

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…

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…

In the JournalsPerspective

Buprenorphine for opioid dependence may improve treatment adherence for depression

August 22, 2019
Patients receiving buprenorphine for treatment of opioid use disorder were more likely to use medications for unrelated, chronic conditions like…

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…

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

Rheumatic drug adherence higher among users of traditional Chinese medicine

August 6, 2019
The use of traditional Chinese medicine among Chinese American patients with rheumatic diseases is associated with a higher adherence to prescribed…

Perspective

CDC: Not enough doctors prescribing naloxone

August 6, 2019
Naloxone prescription rates have improved, but there were many “missed opportunities” to potentially avoid opioid-overdose related…

In the Journals

Women, blacks, most frequently receive chronic opioid prescriptions

July 25, 2019
Patients who were black, women or who were at risk for opioid-related harm were more likely to be prescribed chronic opioids, according to findings…

$1.4 billion settlement against opioid manufacturer puts spotlight on generic drugs, treatment gaps

July 23, 2019
The lawsuit involving the manufacturer of Suboxone film that was settled earlier this month for a record-breaking $1.4 billion could change the…

FDA News

FDA approves first generic alternatives to Lyrica

July 22, 2019
The FDA has approved several generic versions of pregabalin for the treatment of patients with neuropathic pain related to diabetic neuropathy…

In the Journals

Nearly 30% of patients with gout prescribed opioids after ED visit

July 17, 2019
Despite available treatments, more than 28% of patients with gout who are discharged from the ED receive opioids for pain, according to data…

Meeting News

Opioids’ negative consequences extend to patients with migraine, expert says

July 14, 2019
PHILADELPHIA — The benefits of prescribing opioids to patients with migraines usually do not outweigh the risk, a past president of the…

$1.4 billion lawsuit, largest against opioid manufacturer, settles before trial

July 12, 2019
A lawsuit filed against London-based Reckitt Benckiser Group plc was recently settled for $1.4 billion, the largest settlement to date against an…